Lars Ulrich on Metallica's Glasto Set: 'We'll Open With 'Wonderwall''

Ulrich also took time to respond to comments made by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson that his band was better than Metallica.

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In an interview with the Guardian (via NME) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has joked that the band may open their Glastonbury festival set with a cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall."

The band would be replicating Jay-Z, who opened his set with the song in 2008 after Noel Gallagher said he wasn't right for the headline slot at the festival:

"Jay-Z came out and played 'Wonderwall', right? So maybe we gotta go out and do our rendition of 'Wonderwall'. We'll start with 'Wonderwall' and we'll take it from there. Ha ha, listen, you've just gotta go out and be yourself and be proud of what you're doing."

Ulrich also took time to respond to comments made by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson that his band was better than Metallica:

"I will never argue with that. I will always support Bruce Dickinson in whatever nonsense he says. That's part of the fun. So go Iron Maiden! It's fine."

The drummer also confirmed that the band will not be bringing the "Metallica By Request" format to Glastonbury and will be sticking with a normal Metallica set instead:

"Glastonbury will be a straight-up Metallica setlist, whatever that may mean, since it's our first time playing there. I usually don't write the setlist before about 15-30 minutes before we go onstage, depending on what the mood is in the camp."

35 comments sorted by best / new / date

    gbrooks2
    Please, for the love of god, open with 'So What?'
    bobbyk1978
    I'd prefer Whiplash or Metal Militia
    TheLiberation
    WHIPLASH FUCK YES. THAT INTRO [although it's an unsolvable mystery for me anyway why that song is not permanently on their setlists instead of the very average Seek & Destroy]
    vikkyvik
    Because hearing 30,000 people scream "SEEK AND DESTROY!!!!!" night after night is likely an unbeatable feeling. I'd play it too.
    MaggaraMarine
    "although it's an unsolvable mystery for me anyway why that song is not permanently on their setlists instead of the very average Seek & Destroy" Because S&D is the song their fans know the best and want to hear. They have noticed it works well live so they play it. It has a singable chorus or something. Same with Enter Sandman - by no means their best song but people just want to hear it.
    iommi600
    Second UG article based entirely on his interview with The Guardian this week. And counting.
    pjn7000
    Jay-Z came out and played 'Wonderwall', right? So maybe we gotta go out and do our rendition of 'Wonderwall'. Ha, good one Lars.
    georgi.artakov
    Now imagine James singing Wonderwall. OOOOOAGHHHHH!!! You are Wonderwoooooalghhhh xD YEAAAAH!!!
    Eirien
    That's not really a cover is it. That's barely even karaoke; Liam's voice is still audible over J Zee's "singing".
    Bigdubb
    The fact that it actually says "Wonderwall, Jay-Z", as if he actually wrote the song, is just hilarious.
    JustStayDown90
    Terrible... This Jay-Z guy sure can't sing. Someone rip that guitar away from him and give him a slap.
    Dude475
    Didn't Lars say iron maiden was better than Metallica? http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/gene... Pretty sure this article says he did
    Witt1975
    He said it there and he said it in this article as well. ...comments made by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson that his band was better than Metallica:"I will never argue with that. I will always support Bruce Dickinson in whatever nonsense he says. That's part of the fun. So go Iron Maiden! It's fine."
    medialint
    They were both pretty good 25 years ago, though Maiden was headlining and Metallica was opening for Ozzy ... so what are they up to these days?
    p1nh34d
    they should play Load and Reload with I Dissapear, Minus Human and No Leaf Clover
    Dr. Knox666
    haha you're kidding right? IMO they should play an old school set with the likes of Damage Inc., Trapped Under Ice etc. and **** up the whole place!
    big muff pedal
    It's a shame that Metallica continues to bastardize their reputation. Those first few albums are thrash classics.
    Witt1975
    How are they doing that? By playing a festival that doesn't usually have metal bands? Who knows, it may create more Metallica fans in the process. They've been a big festivals band for awhile. Or are you referring to their studio work?
    big muff pedal
    Just referring to Lars being an annoying douchebag. He should keep his mouth shut.
    Witt1975
    Oh that, yeah I agree with you on that...lol Hetfield should be the talking head of the band. Or Kirk, it'd be hilarious watching him stammer his way thru these interviews...lol