Lars Ulrich: Metallica Was Astounded By the Awesomeness of Babymetal

Drummer shares his thoughts on the kawaii metal act.

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Lars Ulrich: Metallica Was Astounded By the Awesomeness of Babymetal
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Lars Ulrich shared his thoughts on Babymetal, saying ahead of the band's performance as an opening act for Metallica in Seoul, South Korea earlier this year (via Reddit):

"We saw them in 2013 at a festival, and we were astounded by their awesomeness. As you know, they are now touring around the world, opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers...

"They've been doing a lot of cool things and they have plenty of experience with live shows. So, when we were about to come [to South Korea], we thought, this is their area, so to speak. [Laughs]

"It was a privilege for us to play together with [a band of] such a presence, and I look forward to showing their performance to my wife. I've always said, 'You must absolutely watch them!'. They're so cool, I'm already excited about it.

"And also, of course, because I'd like our fans to enjoy the best show. I don't know how many stages we will share with Babtmetal, but I'm happy to be together with them for tonight's show [in Seoul]."

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25 comments sorted by best / new / date

    mobidguitar
    [h]Babymetal: We Were Astounded By the sexual harassment of Lars[/h]
    Tim_Rock
    Babymetal's dancer/singer Hyundai Toyota: "We were expecting some harassment, but eventually were astounded by the amount of it".
    tonello
    I won't say that they have no talent. I just don't get into boybands/ girlbands. At the end of the day, Babymetal is the same as N*SYNC just with different backing tracks. 
    DemonRiffs90
    they are entertaining. They put up quite a show. I think its important to have bands like these, because that is what makes music art: Expressions in theire very own and unique way.  Comparing them with boybands... well i can see why, but its still quite a bad comparison.
    tonello
    And I understand that and absolutely appreciate that point of view. For me, I think that they're very similar and I just don't get into it. Nothing against them. I don't hate Babymetal. But they're just not for me.
    DemonRiffs90
    i didnt got that the first years as well. But meanwhile they got some songs which are kinda cool and groovey. i dont like theire vocal parts, because thats not my cup of tea either. but they have my full respect and the instrumental part is quite nice on some tracks
    jkspawn
    Kawaii? I thought they were from Japan? O.o  THE BAND themselves are talented musicians but at the end of the day Baby Metal is just a gimmick band. 
    C-C Beatroot
    Yes, they are Japanese, kawaii is Japanese for cute. Kinda strange he said South Korea is "their area" I love Babymetal for the music, mixing lots of different sounds into something new. I like lots of music but I'm not interested in musicianship or whether the group is organised by a backroom producer or if the performer wrote the song or anything like that; in any case the humans are just a vessel for the delightful sounds to be expressed. Metallica are boring...
    PuckMugger
    So in other words...music doesn't need integrity, just candy for the ears, that's all. 
    C-C Beatroot
    Sort of, depends what you mean by integrity. Don't you think the person behind the scenes writing the songs (whether it's Babymetal or the Spice Girls or Rick Astley or anyone you can think of) is still passionate about what they do? If they write a nice song from the heart, I don't think it matters if it comes out of a puppet's mouth. If you mean like, credit is only due for musicians who spent hours and hours on their instrument in their bedroom getting good, well whoop-de-doo, I'm not going to put anyone on a pedestal for that. Music, sound, and how sounds flow together, that's what I celebrate. More than just "candy for the ears" and cheap thrills, music is so much bigger than people... I hear God in every pop song, even the shit ones! For full disclosure. my favourite band is Cardiacs, who have integrity and musicianship by the bucketful, but integrity and musicianship is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things immo.
    Panasonic3
    FYI many songwriters and producers for pop music are evil af
    C-C Beatroot
    Indeed, and not just for pop music, and not just songwriters and producers, but people in general... As I said, music is god - I really really don't care about the people involved and neither does the music.
    Panasonic3
    Just be aware of what you are worshipping; if you find music designed to cause unnecessary want and jealousy and adultery or even physical harm to be godly, then carry on.
    C-C Beatroot
    That's been a part of the blues, rock 'n' roll, pop, recorded music for a hundred years, and I'm certain people were singing about those things a long time before then too! I said" godly" as in much bigger than the mere humans who cause the sound, but I don't think the nature of "god" is good or evil... joy and suffering and love and war are all part and parcel of existence, there's a place for all emotion in music
    PuckMugger
    So if a child molesting murderer made music that you enjoyed listening to, you wouldn't care. Got it, thanks for the clarification.
    C-C Beatroot
    Sure thing, like I said, they are only a vessel for the sound to physically manifest. I can separate the artist from the art in all disciplines and I feel like it helps me live a rich and full life The whole "you can't like [thing] any more because the creator is problematic" is quite silly I think. I like Led Zeppelin's music despite their alleged escapades with minors, I like a couple of Burzum tunes and he killed someone for a stupid reason, Charles Manson did monstrous deeds but I like the sound of his voice and some of his lyrics are quite touching... Rolf Harris has lots of cracking wee tunes, I don't care about his personal life. (Ah, songs about a singer's personal life, those are usually pretty boring). Lostprophets were shit anyway, they didn't get more or less shit after that whole thing with the singer. Is there maybe an aspect of fascination that good art can be made by horrible people? Maybe, but still, a good song's a good song.
    blackone666
    I was listening to 'Fucked My Way Up To The Top' by Lana del Rey, coincidence? I don't think so.