About a week ago, Slash said he’s interested in collaborating with his neighbor from over three decades ago, Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine.
Slash told Loudwire:
“I haven’t ever talked to him about it. He’s pretty prolific in doing his Megadeth records the way that he does them. I don’t see myself guesting on a Megadeth song. I don’t think it would work in the context of what Megadeth does, but maybe Dave on one of my things – I don’t know.”
And now, Dave gave his response, telling the same outlet:
“Slash is a terrific talent and I disagree wholeheartedly with what he said: that he couldn’t play on a Megadeth record. He’s a brilliant guitar player. I basically play in the pentatonic scale and that’s like the go-to blues player scale.
Going back to his early days as Metallica’s lead guitarist, Mustaine continued:
“It was easy to do a little bit more movement on the guitar on the neck [in Metallica]. When you start singing, you have two roles and unfortunately, I wasn’t really able to play and sing as much as I wanted to. [Because of this,] the songs are set up for a bluesy kind of player, which Slash definitely is.”
In his autobiography, Slash said that he and Dave came up with “major heavy metal riffs.” Mustaine later revealed that some of that material actually ended up on “Rust in Peace,” saying:
“When we played together, I seem to remember that there were couple riffs that showed up around the ‘Rust in Peace’ period that he and I were noodling around on. That’s when all this went down: during the ‘Rust in Peace’ era. Might be why [Slash] says that he can’t do it, but he certainly can.
“He makes it look effortless and it makes me mad! It just looks like water running over a smooth stone, it’s just perfect. He’s done this every day of his life and he was made for the exact moment to stand on that stage and play that solo and have all those thousands and thousands of eyes focused on him.”
Asked on what the odds are for the two of them to write some music together, Mustaine replied:
“I would definitely be interested in doing anything with Slash. It wouldn’t be a band change predicated on a single with another artist. But boy, I would love to do that.”