Dave Mustaine Turns Down Invite to Join Metallica at HOF Induction

March 4, 2009

Former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine has turned down the chance to join his ex-bandmates when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

Dave left Metallica after less than two years due to his drugs and alcohol consumption. Mustaine wrote a string of songs during his brief stint with Metallica, prompting founding members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield to invite him to the upcoming ceremony in Cleveland.

Dave wrote an open online letter to explain why he could not attend the ceremony:

Droogies! Metallica, as you know, has been selected to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, it is with much respect that I say congratulations! I also had the nice surprise of hearing that they called to invite me to the pre-ceremony party the night before, and then to the actual ceremony. Unfortunately, as you all know, I will be winding down our European tour with Judas Priest, so I will be unable to attend. However, I'd like to say to Lars (Ulrich) and James (Hetfield), I am so very proud of all you have accomplished. Thank you for the invitation and thinking of me.

Metallica will be joined in the Hall of Fame by Jeff Beck, Run-D.M.C., sixties soul singer Bobby Womack and 1950s R&B vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials.

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