Wed. Sep 27th, 2023

Former Metallica bassist Ron McGovney has sparked discussion about his former bandmates on Twitter. After originally focusing on James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, McGovney has moved his attention to Dave Mustaine’s influence on the band’s sound and compared it to that of the other members. When asked about the band’s 1982 demo record, ‘No Life ‘Til Leather,’ the semi-retired musician stated: “‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ remains the best metal demo ever made.” Dave Mustaine absolutely destroys this tape. He pushes the rest of us aside. I’m hearing it for the first time in ten years. Wow!” One commenter accused the bassist of disrespecting Hetfield and Ulrich’s contributions in response to the bassist’s statement:

“You’re mistaken, Ron. You just want to say something negative about James and Lars and don’t know how.” McGovney clarified his point of view by writing: “Roger… I’m not speaking ill of James and Lars, or even of myself. Dave was much ahead of us as musicians at the time. I have a great deal of admiration for James, Lars, and Dave’s achievements in the music industry.” This isn’t the first time the band’s ex-bassist has spoken out about the band’s dynamics. In a 2022 interview with Classic Rock, Mustaine claimed to be the ‘alpha male’ among Lars and James, claiming that the Metallica vocalist began playing guitar after his arrived. Ron soon stepped in to express his opinion. He explained on Twitter: “Did Dave speak with the promoters?” Have you collected the money? Did James not play guitar prior to Metallica? That’s not how I recall those times. In fact, much the contrary.”

Despite having walked aside from his music career following his departure from Metallica, Ron McGovney has periodically returned to the spotlight, most notably during the band’s three-decade anniversary celebration at The Filmore in 2011.

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