Megadeth mainman and ex-Metallica member Dave Mustaine has posted the following "open letter" in the official Megadeth message forum.
"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. I will continue to pray for the very best for you and your families, as I always have.
"Thank you for the invitation and thinking of me."
Megadeth's "Priest Feast" European tour with Judas Priest and Testament is scheduled to wrap on March 23 in Amsterdam, Holland.
Metallica will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during an April 4 ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.