Although drummer Lars Ulrich
declared himself a big supporter of Spotify
streaming service, his Metallica
bandmate Kirk Hammett
recently bashed both streaming and social networks, labeling them as key reasons for the music's demise.
"There haven't been a lot of really, really great bands that have shown that kind of promise, you know,"
the guitarist told R7
. "I think it's a concern. Because of things like iTunes and streaming and social networking, it's destroyed music. It's destroyed the motivation to go out there and really make the best record possible. It's a shame."
Before touching on the given subject, Kirk discussed the next generation of festival headliners, singling out Muse
and "maybe Queens of the Stone Age."
In related news, Ulrich hinted at a possibility
of Metallica going on a joint tour with U2
and Green Day
. "I was told in the wee morning hours following this outing that members of U2, Green Day and Metallica agreed to tour together,"
he told MTV News
. "We haven't talked about it since, but speaking for myself I'd be very up for that."
When it comes to the band's new album, Lars named 2015 as a tentative release year, stressing that the group doesn't indent to succumb to fan pressure and rush the record for the sake of earlier release.
"We're going to make another record, but like I said before, we don't really feel this kind of ... what's the word? I guess 'responsibility' is probably the right word,"
he told Kerrang!
magazine. "We don't feel this inherent responsibility to just churn out records whenever people want them.
[Adopts a sarcastic voice] 'I'm sorry! Let me slap myself on the wrists and go make a record for you!' We'll get 'round to it again."