Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the group’s official message board:
“Tonight I had the honor and priveledge to host a special [MTV2 ‘Headbanger’s Ball’] tribute to the life of Darrel ‘Dimebag’ Abbott.
“I went out to NYC Thursday at 9:30 PM on a redeye to do this, and during the period since then, I have had a good amount of time to reflect on my own life.
“I realized how fortunate I am, and have been to have met some of you, and in some cases become friends with many of you.
“What is bothering me is the people who I have not been able to meet, or worse, have met and ended up not being friends with. There are many.
“I would like to, in honor of Darrel’s life, learn from him and how many friends he apparently had made.
“Over my career I have a lot of cleaning up to do on my side of the street as well as letting things go, for once and for all; I need to apologize to many people and also to forgive and quit holding grudges.
“Having said that, if there is something I did to you or someone you know, please give me the opportunity to make this right.
“To Slayer and Metallica: I am sorry for whatever I may have done in the past and wish to make it right, to put it behind us. Please let me know how and when we can talk this out.
“To previous bandmembers and managers: I say the same to you.
“To all the Megadeth/Metallica fans: from this day forward, there will never be another unkind word from my mouth perpetuating this silly 22-year-old feud.
“And to heavy metal fans around the world: I am going to emulate Dimebag by being more like him; more friendly, and more interested in your lives too, I promise.
“I am grateful to have been asked to come in this hour of darkness to represent us all as we come together and heal as a worldwide music community, and I would be a fraud if I didn’t say I need to do more to better represent.
“Thank you in advance for your forgiveness and for your support.”