Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has been speaking with Classic Rock about Metallica's controversial headlining slot at this year's Glastonbury festival.
As Ulrich notes, the bum rap that Metallica are getting for playing the British festival may have as much to do with the general public's expectations of hard rock as with the headliner's status:
"Obviously, hard rock hasn't exactly done itself any favours over the last couple of decades, in terms of the clichés that have sometimes been embraced and promoted - sexism and sword-and-sorcery and other kinds of nonsense. But it's not like Metallica are going to come riding into Glastonbury on dragons with swords brandished - leaving behind a trail of churches that have been burned down. We just sort of do what we do, and it thrives in festival settings."
Ulrich also notes that he's taken the negative reactions to the band's proposed performance in his stride:
"To be totally honest," he says, "I don't know how serious I can take all of it. I don't sit glued to the iPad following whoever is the next person who has an opinion about Metallica. I know that almost on a daily basis there is some musician somewhere who gets asked what he thinks about Glastonbury and Metallica, and I find the good in that - that after more than thirty years, we can still get talked about. I guess it's fun that you can still make some waves, without doing anything other than saying yes to an invitation to a festival. So, happy days!"