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Original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney on Dave Mustaine calling himself the 'alpha male' in the band: 'Just the opposite, actually'

'That's not how I remember those days'

Speaking about his days with Metallica during a recent interview with Classic Rock, Dave Mustaine characterized himself as "the leader of the band" during their formative days, saying about Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich:

"I am clearly the alpha male between the three of us. Why did I have to do everything when I was in the band? Why did they always ask me talk to the promoters and collect the cash? Why was I the one who had to do the fighting? Why did I have to talk in between songs?"

While Hetfield and Ulrich have, unsurprisingly, opted not to comment on Mustaine's statement, another member of the band - original bassist Ron McGovney - now has.

McGovney, who gigged with the band throughout 1982 and performed on the Power Metal and No Life 'Til Leather demos, responded to a tweet from Revolver magazine about Mustaine's words, and clearly has a different take on how the band was structured back then.  

"Dave talked to the promoters?," McGovney wrote. "Collected the cash? James didn't play guitar before Metallica? That's not how I remember those days. Just the opposite actually."

This is not the only Mustaine quip that McGovney has responded to as of late. Below a tweet with a link to another article reporting on the Megadeth leader saying he's "bothered" by the fact that Metallica used his riffs after his departure, McGovney merely wrote: 

"There are so many things that I could say about all of this , but I won't."