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We’re Not Getting a ‘No Life Till Leather’ Box Set Because of Lars Ulrich

Sigh. This is why we can’t have nice things.

One thing I’ve learned in my old(er) age is that greed and ego come between many of great projects, sometimes dismantling them. The butting heads between founding Metallica members James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine resulted in the latter being ousted from the band on the way to record their debut album Kill ‘Em All. In turn, the world was gifted with not only Metallica, but also Megadeth.

Before the split, Metallica gained traction in the underground metal scene with their fiery demo No Life Till Leather, which featured Mustaine on lead guitar prior to Kirk Hammett replacing him. The original cassette is a relic widely considered to be the Holy Grail of metal. Bootlegs have been on the market since the early ’80s.

One of the greatest Record Store Day surprises came a few years back when Metallica released a remastered No Life Till Leather cassette, which is one of my favorite things I own. The band has planned a box set around the collectible, but things fell apart when Metallica’s Lars Ulrich cited “unexpected difficulties on the legal side.”

Well, Mustaine, who is extremely active with fans on Twitter, may have explained what the legal issue was. Lars wanted credit on two songs he didn’t write, so says Mustaine.

The conversation started when a fan shared photos of an original cassette and questioned the credits within. Mustaine jumped in, replying with this sick burn:

The lesson here is that we can’t have nice things because there’s always someone standing in the way. Lars allegedly seeking credit where it wasn’t deserved is what looks to have torpedoed what could have been the greatest piece of music nostalgia to have ever existed. Fade to black…



  • Reason

    Seems about right.

  • Demented Daniel

    Thanks, Lars Ultimate-rich.

  • Demented Daniel

    Thanks so much, Lars Ultimate-rich.

  • JoeInTheBox

    Lars just Lars’d it up, in usual Lars fashion.

  • zombie84_41

    lars was always an asshole. wasnt he the fuckin reason napster went under too.

    • Saturn

      Lars was the face of the whole Napster thing, but let’s not forget that others, such as Dr Dre, were against the free file sharing that Napster were encouraging, all the while making massive profit of of others material themselves.

      People say “oh, but they made enough money before that – it’s all about greed!” – but like Lars said at the time, you wouldn’t expect to take your car to a garage and get a free M.O.T. and fuel (well,something along those lines),
      Someone who loves their work as a chef, who work 16 hours days, 6 days a week, isn’t going to work if they at the end of the month their employee says “I’m not paying you this month, as I feel I should be able to eat for free”.

      It’s irrelevant how much an artist/band makes off of album sales – they still gotta get paid for their work.
      Now, if certain bands are really “oh Napster was great and we support them” then then can upload their stuff for free on their own websites for people to download – if they themselves choose to do so.
      The whole thing with Napster is that it took away the copyright owners choice

      • zombie84_41

        I do miss the good old days of Napster, and downloading some cheeky cheesy porn lol good times, good times.


    It’s like he can’t last another second without pissing everyone off, the guy’s a tool. Couldn’t his mom just have swallowed him while his bones were still soft, would’ve saved a lot of people quite a few headaches.

  • The Wolf

    Wow, you’re believing (as do most of the commentors so far) the words of Dave Mustaine for face value. You must also believe in the Easter Bunny.

  • Jim

    It should have been Lars.

    • Saturn

      What a horrible thing to say.
      Lars get the most bashing these days because he was the face of the whole Napster thing.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Metallica claiming credit for Dave’s work? Nah…….

  • suspiciousbulge

    Lars is extremely humble these days. Listen to his podcast. The band is extremely charitable and gives back to the fans quite a bit nowadays. People still bash the dude for no good reason. This headline is propaganda bullshit, and makes me want to not visit this site. The same way it was Lars and Kirks fault about your “garbage” album tag line on load, which guaranteed wasn’t giving a fair shake by 90% of the people bashing it. James never said he didn’t like the albums, it was more the image at the time. Dave Mustaine has known to be extremely petty and publicly whine. Dude is a phenomenal guitar player, but likes to air out his business in bitching fashion quite a bit. Instead of just posting “There was a dispute between Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich over the no life til Leather Boxed Set,” we get a headline bashing Lars over a twitter post. Fucking dumb.

    • reality

      That’s because lazy journalists know what gets clicks. And just as Mustaine learned long ago, he needs to mention Metallica to get any interest whatsoever.

  • Corey

    Mustaine is full of shit at least 75% of the time, so I take this with a grain of salt.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    it must have been lars
    cuz it’s over now
    it must have been good
    but we lost it somehow

    • AdamX

      Well done

  • Alanmac

    Lars has always been an egotistical prick from day one so this comes as no surprise whatsoever. Glad he ended up looking like Phil Collins in the end.

  • reality

    You’re taking Mustaine, a proven liar and a guy who has fallen off the wagon, at his word?

    That’s amusing.

  • Saltoner

    Still one of the greatest (not the) metal bands ever, but you’re right, ego and greed cast a new light on them that now makes them has-beens in my book.

  • Glitchiee Glitch

    lars is a fucking piece of shit … being a life long metallica fan.. i quit supporting them BECAUSE OF LARS

  • The recently released JFK files prove that Lars was the 2nd shooter on the grassy knoll….

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