KIKO: MY FAVORITE METALLICA SONG Wednesday May 27 2020, 9:42 PM

In a recent question-and-answer session with fans,   MEGADETH   guitarist   Kiko Loureiro   was asked to name his favorite   METALLICA   song. He responded (see video below): "My favorite   METALLICA   song [is]   'Mechanix' .

"I like   METALLICA   — of course," he continued. "I saw   METALLICA   for the first time live in '89 in São Paulo, Brazil. And back then I was pretty young — I was 17. It was so hard to have any concerts in Brazil back then in '89, so it was cool to see the   '…And Justice for All'   concert. It was pretty cool. Then I think I've seen them some other times, and I had the chance to play festivals with them.

"So, yeah. But the favorite song, of course, [is]   'Mechanix' ."

The   original version   of   "The Mechanix"   appeared on   METALLICA 's 1982 demo   "No Life 'Til Leather"   and was later reworked for the band's 1983 debut album,   "Kill 'Em All" , under the title   "The Four Horsemen" .

MEGADETH   leader   Dave Mustaine , who was one of the early members of   METALLICA , was fired from the band by drummer   Lars Ulrich   in 1983. He was replaced by   Kirk Hammett   and went on to form   MEGADETH   and achieve worldwide success on his own.

When asked what he remembers about writing music with   METALLICA   while he was in the group,   Mustaine   told   Revolver   magazine in a 2011 interview: "I had always called us, as a group, the 'Four Horsemen.' Before I was in   METALLICA , I really loved this band called   MONTROSE , and their guitarist was   Ronnie Montrose . He went on to form a band called   GAMMA . One of their records [1980's 'Gamma 2'] had a shark fin cutting through the grass, which I thought was so awesome. Anyway, he had a song on there called   'Four Horsemen'   that I did with my band   PANIC , which I was with before   METALLICA . So when I joined   METALLICA , I had the song   'Mechanix' , which I wrote, and   'Four Horsemen'   was a suggestion of mine to do 'cause we were doing cover songs. So that had planted the seed with   James   [ Hetfield ,   METALLICA   frontman]. And one day when we were coming to rehearsal,   Lars   had just said something about slowing down my song,   'Mechanix' . I had just gotten to the studio with   Cliff   [ Burton ,   METALLICA   bassist], and we had been listening to   LYNYRD SKYNYRD , and I was being a jerk, so I played   'Sweet Home Alabama'   instead of   'Mechanix' , and thats basically the middle part of what would become   METALLICA s   'The Four Horsemen' ."

Kiko   joined   MEGADETH   in 2015 and made his recording debut with the band on 2016's   "Dystopia"   album. The   "Dystopia"   title track was honored in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 2017   Grammy Awards .

Via Blabbermouth

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