In an interview with BBC 6 Music (via Blabbermouth) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has once again spoken out about the controversy surrounding the band headlining Glastonbury. As Ulrich notes, he attributes the backlash to snobbery towards hard rock in some sections of the British music press:
"Rock and roll goes back a very long time in England, and there's a tradition with British music journalism that maybe has a little bit more of a need to, sort of, categorize, pigeonhole, label...
"I don't really know what it is about hard rock in England, but there obviously is people that snub their nose a little bit at hard rock and look at hard rock as inferior or lower class, some sort of lower music form or something, and people that listen to hard rock are less educated or than all these people on their indie precious thresholds. I'm certainly not slagging it... I'm observing. [laughs]
"We've been dealing with various versions of this for 30 years. We're faily used to everybody having an opinion about Metallica. For me, the fact that people still talk about Metallica 33 years later, I think, is pretty great.
The drummer went on to note that he takes issue with people categorizing music:
"We're not much for categorizing rock music. We enjoy and engage in and listen to and appreciate all different types of wonderful music. As far as I'm concerned, there's only two kinds of music: there's great music and less great music, and beyond that, I'm not sure it needs to be pigeonholed.