Lars Ulrich on Hard Rock: 'It Hasn't Done Itself Any Favours'

"We just sort of do what we do, and it thrives in festival settings," says Metallica drummer.

Lars Ulrich on Hard Rock: 'It Hasn't Done Itself Any Favours'
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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!"

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    asantamariag
    "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" Actually.... i kinda want to see that
    Izzy-Sweet
    Not gonna lie, that sounds metal as f*ck.
    Jazz1992
    Dio meets Burzum.
    entropicxdisson
    Blackened Power Metal
    Eissari
    Now we have a idea, who is going to make it true?
    GALGOPOWER
    Iron Maiden > Metallica.
    Jacques Nel
    You are quite right sir...there are more band members in Iron Maiden than in Metallica. Very good basic math skills you possess.
    abraxialflame
    Why is Lars, the most loathed and shitty member of the band, always the one flapping his shit tube for every interview.
    ][v][ETAL
    Idk... get famous and write a couple god-like albums and find out why people want to interview you after...
    mop10893
    He's the least shy of the four. James actually doesn't like doing interviews at all and has said that the interview stuff is Lars' thing. Honestly, I don't understand all of the hate for Lars. I think Metallica's little Danish drummer is awesome.