Arctic Monkeys Frontman: 'Metallica at Glastonbury Doesn't Add Up'

Alex Turner baffled by metal giants' headlining spot.

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The recent announcement of Metallica as the final headliner of this year's Glastonbury festival had the music world reacting in different ways, going from "bold move" praises to full-on confusion.

Joining the latter group, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner couldn't help feeling baffled by the organizers' decision, saying that it just "does not add up" for him.

Chatting with Time Out, Alex stated, "I'm not sure it adds up. I know we'd buzz off it, but fundamentally could you have Metallica in the hippy nucleus?"

During the rest of the interview, Turner discussed his first time at Glastonbury, remembering the way he embraced the festival's spirit. "I did the stone circle thing," he said (via NME). "I was dressed as a crocodile because Lily Allen had a load of fancy dress costumes. I remember wrestling James from Klaxons in the mud as the sun rose."

Metallica have also become the very first metal act to headline Glastonbury in its 44-year history. Apart from the metal giants, this year's event will be headlined by Arcade Fire and Kasabian.

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    KerryKing01
    Makes sence 2 me! dey turned pop. Now dey're playing at mainsterm festvals. U wud nevr c da kerry king prject turn pop!
    badfish_lewis
    Hey Kerry remember that great riff you did, you know the one that goes 0-00-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-00 that one. Yeah, that was sick dude
    the_jackyl
    I think you're confusing Slayer with ...literally any "djent" or deathcore band.
    Niyphelah
    no, slayer would be like this 000-000-000-000-000, and djent is like 0-0-0-0000-0-0-0-00000-0-0-0000-000-
    Dave_Lombardo
    Speaking of the kerry king project... whens your album coming out?
    KerryKing01
    Guys dont feed da troll!
    killaudio666
    I'm pretty sure you're the only person that could talk shit about Metallica and get upvoted for it
    Myshadow46_2
    People seem to have forgotten that Nine Inch Nails played there one year. No exactly straight up metal, but still pretty heavy at times.
    TaV0
    Alex Turner is right, Glastonbury is a great festival (although the line ups were better a couple of years ago) but it is not a festival where you see metal bands at all. I don't think the crowd will react well to Metallica's performance.
    N7Crazy
    I don't know about that - I saw Metallica last year at Roskilde Festival together with a bunch of friends, some of which where mainly alt/pop/eletronica fans. Pretty much everyone enjoyed the show, despite it for some to be outside their usual taste of music. I've experienced the exact same thing at other concerts, where music I'm not really that into still becomes enjoyable, if the artist(s) are able to not only deliver energy and/or soul to their music, but also into their performance.
    TaV0
    Of course, Metallica are a quality act and they know how to give a great show. Not questioning that. What I intended to say is the crowd may not be the usual crowd that is in Metallica concerts, people may not know more than a couple of songs, it could turn weird. I understand your point, I'm mostly into garage rock, post punk and similar genres, and although I listen to Metallica, Mastodon, Tool, or other metal bands every now and then, most of my friends just ... wouldn't.
    SevenTen
    Metallica has some slower songs that i'm sure they'll be playing. I don't think they'll be whipping out Blackened at a festival like this haha, and if they do, then oh well even better for the fans who are there.
    Rimfrost
    Metallica is always a big deal in Denmark, they are one of the few bands that can get away with being heavy around here, don't know how it is in other countries though. But i'm certain they would be well recieved at most of the bigger danish festivals.
    AuraFX
    Glastonbury hasn't been a 'hippie' festival for decades though - it's had dance/dubstep acts on, it's been headlined by Jay-Z and had loads of other genres mixed in different stages. Metallica aren't exactly the bleeding edge of extreme metal - I guarantee every person there will know a few of the mainstream Metallica songs - most of the indie rock kids will have started out playing a few 'tallica riffs even if they didn't end up doing metal themselves. Alex Turner covered a Metallica song at Glastonbury with his side project one year - it's not exactly going to be any weirder than some legacy country act (of which several have shown up) hitting the stage.
    thebigredjj10
    They have enough songs that could suit a more "rock" orientated audience. Enter Sandman, Hero of the Day, Bleeding Me, Until it Sleeps, Nothing Else Matters, The Unforgiven, Fade to Black, etc...
    killaudio666
    "Metallica in the hippie nucleus"... Reminds of the Southpark episode where they played raining blood by slayer to kill all the hippies.
    mrtufnel
    I suppose you could say it makes as much sense as Arctic Monkeys playing a festival curated by Metallica
    splash3
    I think it's a different thing all together. Orion was about Metallica inviting bands they like regardless of the genre in such a way that theoretically nothing would add up but turned out great. I don't really know what kind of festival Glasto is but I'm pretty sure that Metallica can pull it of
    mrtufnel
    Yeah, I know it's different ... it wasn't a sersious point, hence the Was just an observation. I liked the diversity of Orion. Glast has always put on different things and is pretty unpredictable, so good on 'em.
    iommi600
    I know angry Metallica fans will try their best to slag him off because of this (apparently without even reading the article properly, since Alex Turner also said that he is a fan of them), but he has a point. Metal bands usually don't play at Glastonbury. The majority of people who go to Glastonbury aren't metal fans. So... for all we know, it's a 50/50 situation. Either Metallica will blow people away, or will bore the shit out of everyone.
    l0ld4v3
    Metallica has 2 non metal albums and has toured with alternative rock bands. You don't have to be a metalhead to enjoy some Metallica.
    sambalici
    Metallica is not some obscure metal band that only appeals to metal fans though, they are one of the best selling artist ever. I don't know the full lineup of Glastonbury but I wouldn't be surprised if Metallica's album sales are more than rest of the bill combined. I'm sure they can pull a huge crowd in any festival in the world.
    iLenn
    Personally I think that Artic Monkey being popular doesn't add up but there you go...
    TripLid
    I totally agree, I listened to them the first time a little while ago and I cannot see what is so appealing about their music at all.
    RoadRunner939
    Doesn't appeal to me either. Strikes me as dull, slow poprock. I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor is okay though.
    Evildreamer
    They use to be good! Listen to their earlier albums. Their newest album is absolutely awful.
    mattjamesrenn
    It's not awful, it just isn't very interesting to me personally where as my girlfriend didn't like them before but likes there new album. It is a little safe and polished for me.
    neilofoley
    "Metallica in the hippy nucleus" was what struck me seeing as they performed at Woodstock in 1994 and 1999.