Gus G explained why he didn’t seek a job in another major band or for another major artist in a new Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon interview.
Was coming back to Firewind – or moving that band forward – was that something you always wanted to do, even during that Ozzy period, to say, ‘I’m going to keep going with Firewind, and I’m glad I’m back,’ or at some point did you think, ‘I got to leave this band and I got to go be Gus G. and do something different…’?
“That’s a good question because it did cross my mind many times. Like with everything in life, I guess there’s a circle of things when you feel like you’ve fulfilled some things, and maybe you feel like you need to go and do something else.
I didn’t feel that I needed to go to the next gig right after Ozzy. I had offers to join other bands, big bands, and do other auditions and stuff like that, but I just didn’t feel the need…I just didn’t feel the need, it was like the whole session musician guy type of thing, it wasn’t my world as much.
So I thought about it, like, ‘Should I continue going down that path or maybe join some other band, or keep trying with my own thing…?’ And I don’t know if I made the right decision. You will never know, I’m glad for the records we made, of course. I’m not completely happy with a lot of the things, how they went, but I mean, who is?
Things can always happen in different directions, I don’t know. I’m not saying I regretted continuing with Firewind, I’m just saying maybe we could’ve done some things differently and better in the band, that’s what I’m saying. We’ve made wrong choices in the band. I don’t regret continuing with the band, of course, it’s my band…
But yeah, I think as much as Firewind has this small history and all that, we’re a pretty troubled band, especially with singers and members coming and going, so that’s why I’m actually saying that, but I’m really proud of the work that we have done.”
Gus G also explained that any gig outside of Metallica would be a step down, so it was more important for him to focus on his own artistic pursuits. Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his comments.