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One of many greatest headlines from the 2017 GRAMMY Awards Ceremony, was the collaborative performance of Metallica and Lady Gaga. The reaction to the performance was mixed. Some individuals liked it and were begging for a future collaboration between the 2, and others absolutley hated it.
Earlier this month, the band’s drummer Lars opened up about how he would like to collaborate with Lady Gaga within the close to future, saying that she was the “quintessential fifth member of the band.” However if you ask James Hetfield if he would be concerned with collaborating with Lady Gaga in the near future, his reply is totally different.Download Our App
“No, but even just talking with her, being around her, her energy was very, very exciting. She has lots of ideas, and she likes to push the boundaries like we do. So it was a good fit. When we were asked to play the Grammys, we said, ‘Of course,’ we said yes. But they need you to collaborate with somebody; they want to make it interesting. So I’m glad she was available to do it. She has a lot of integrity as an artist, [and she’s] very creative.“- Hetfield said.
So though we could never hear them collaborate again, at the very least James Hetfield can say that though he was frustrated with the microphone throughout the performance, he was appreciative of the time with Lady Gaga.
You are able to watch the performance down under!
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield says he will keep his opinion about President Donald Trump to himself, explaining that politics “polarizes people.”
Hetfield made his comments during an interview with journalist Claudio Vergara of the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, conducted before METALLICA‘s April 1 appearance at Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago.
Asked how he views Trump‘s first two months in the White House, Hetfield said: “Everyone has an opinion about Donald Trump, I think. My opinion stays with me.
“I’m a singer and guitar player in a rock band,” he continued.
“I hate politics. I don’t wanna talk about politics. It’s not important to me. What’s important to me is connecting people with music. Politics, religion… things that sep… they separate people. They make people…
“I love talking about it and my thoughts, but I think it gets in the way of people getting to understand all of you.”
Hetfield added: “I have no idea. I could probably sit down and like everyone on the planet, if you get to talk with them and understand them.
“But, yeah, politics, we try to stay away from that ’cause it polarizes people. If I sit here and say that I hate Trump or I love Trump, someone will think, ‘Oh, I don’t like his music anymore.’ It’s silly. So I like to keep it about music.”
Asked if he thinks America under Donald Trump is a “new America,” Hetfield responded: “It’s always a new America when someone comes in. But it’s about balance. You have far left, far right, and it goes back and forth to keep it balanced. In the middle is the best, we know that. In the middle… accepting everything, understanding everything. But it’s not like that. People aren’t like that. Humans aren’t like that.”
Both METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett have voiced their dislike of Trump to different degrees, unusual for a band whose members have never spoken out much on politics.
Ulrich told Mexico’s Las Estrellas television network about Trump‘s plan to build “a great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border: “I don’t think the world needs any walls. I think we need to bring people together. METALLICA travels all over the world, and through music we try to bring people together. So whether we’re in Mexico or whether we’re in Asia or whether we’re in Europe or whatever, we encourage as many different people from as many different backgrounds to come together and share music and life and culture and all these experiences.”
After Trump — one of the most polarizing figures to assume the office — was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, a number of celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts, including Hammett, who urged fans to “defend democracy” and “reject American carnage.”
In a series of tweets, the METALLICA guitarist was critical of Trump‘s inaugural address, which painted a bleak picture of life for some in the United States. “To say America is not great, that it lacks greatness, sets up a scenario for manipulation and control from others —pay attention, people!” Hammett wrote.
In October, Ulrich said he would consider moving back to his native Denmark if Trump were elected president.
“I am a hundred percent Danish citizen. I pay taxes in the U.S.A., but I can’t vote in America,” he said. “Yes, certainly sometimes I think about moving home to Denmark… If Trump becomes President and everything goes to shit, I might make my way to the airport and ask if I can get back in again.”
(Special thanks to Claudio Vergara of La Tercera for providing BLABBERMOUTH.NET with the original audio of the Hetfield interview.)
The cries of Metallica being all about the money have been numerous and lasting since 1991’s Black Album, however drummer Lars Ulrich says that could not be farther from the reality.
In an interview with Sonar FM, Ulrich says the misperception that the band is money hungry stems from Metallica’s 2000 lawsuit against Napster… as a result of I guess not wanting people to outright not pay for your hard work is greedy?
“After all the Napster stuff, the preconception that Metallica is greedy and cares about money and is money-hungry and money-driven or whatever. That’s a very big misconception. Also, [the misconception] that Metallica doesn’t care about technology. That’s completely wrong. I have 37 Apple products just in my carry-on bag.”
ow we’d like a followup interview to know what the hell Ulrich is toting round in his bag. Maybe that is the place Kirk Hammett lost his cellphone! Did anybody check in Lars’s bag?!
All kidding aside, our very own Robert Pasbani tackled this issue final yr in an article covering Lars Ulrich calling other bands “pussies” when it came to Napster At the time, Rob wrote:
Over time, I’ve come to realize, that Metallica was not going after its fans. Metallica were going after a startup organization that was taking millions of dollars of funding to create a product on the backs of copyright holders, without compensating those artists. In the excellent 2013 documentary about Napster, Downloaded, co-founder Sean Parker says that this was all just a small project that started in a dorm, and the reason nobody in the music industry was reached to work out a deal was simply because they did not know anybody in the music industry. They were just kids, in over their heads.
After an epic performance on the Grammy Awards, Lady Gaga and Metallica are set to record an album collectively, with a Metallica member letting the news slip on Twitter.
Guitarist Hammett accidentally revealed plans for the Bad Romance singer was going to record vocals for an album planned for launch in early 2019 by responding to a follower’s question on the social networking website.
In accordance with MetalDen.com, he replied ‘Gaga is gonna kill em all in the studio when she sings for us’, when requested about the possibility of a collab on the album – set to be known as The White Album.
The comment was apparently swiftly deleted by the Metallica star, fueling gossip that the singer is already lined up for a recording session with Metallica.
And it is not the first time rumours have been rife in regards to the 2 iconic music stars hooking up.
Regardless of awkward technical difficulties, the collaboration between the rock band and the Born This Way singer, er, rocked the music world in February, and followers wanted more too.
Plans for the 2 acts to work together again then came to surface when the rock band stated she was the ‘quintessential perfect fifth member’ in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Drummer, Lars stated: ‘[She is the] quintessential perfect fifth member of Metallica. Her voice, her attitude, her outlook on every thing is so awesome.
‘[The performance] was so effortless and organic and she just has the spirit of hard rock and metal flowing by means of her veins.’
He continued: ‘It comes very easy for her. There is nothing contrived; she just has this super warm, easy energy.
‘We already began fast-forwarding to the subsequent chapter after we can do more of this. It is not a kind of “20 lawyers, strategists and managers making an attempt to force two individuals from 2 different worlds to figure out how to spend 4 minutes together on a nationwide telecast”.
METALLICA frontman Hetfield was interviewed on Brazilian TV prior to the band’s March 25 live performance at Lollapalooza Brasil at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo, Brazil. You can watch the short chat under.
Asked if playing for Brazilian audiences is a particular experience for the band, Hetfield said: “Well, of course. I am just a human making art, and when other individuals take your art to their heart and you connect with them, there’s always an extra feeling of belonging, of home, of connection, of family. So Brazil is certainly one of METALLICA’s most fanatical countries of them all, so, yeah, we love coming to play here every time.”
Hetfield additionally spoke about the band’s longevity and how making new music helps the heavy metal genre’s most internationally renowned band keep relevant.
“For us, we’re explorers, and we understand that a lot of bands don’t get a career like we’ve had — 36 years — and having a new album out that’s almost as important as the other albums,” he said. “It’s a blessing; there’s no doubt about that. We do our best, and that’s all we can do. And at the end of the day, we’re writing and playing songs that we like to hear.”
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was interviewed on a recent edition of Westwood One‘s “2 Hours With Matt Pinfield” radio show. You can now listen to the chat below.
Speaking about his bond with his METALLICA bandmates, Kirk said: “Being in a band with these guys, it goes beyond just friendship. Part of the reason that we’re together is, I believe — and I might be full of shit, but this is just what I believe — when we found each other, we recognized something in each other, something that we all kind of shared, a commonness about ourselves on a deeper level, an unconscious level, a subconscious level, deeper level, I think, that we recognized this. And the bond that we have that we’ve established very early on that has just grown over the years, it’s just so strong, it’s brotherly. It’s, like, I love those guys so much, I hate those guys so much, I can’t live my life without them. It’s the kind of thing where we’ve experienced so much stuff together and we’ve experienced so many peaks and valleys, so many high points, so many low points that you just have this bond that you can’t get rid of — I mean, it’s there and it runs deep.”
He continued: “I can’t picture my life without these guys. I get emotional when I’m confronted with the thought of not being able to play music with these guys. Eventually that will happen, but right now, as I speak about it now, we’re so ingradiated with each other, we have such a deep bond that it’s just kind of impossible not to do what we do; it’s hard not to do what we do now. It would be more difficult for us not to do what we’re doing. We’ve crossed a threshold, we’ve crossed a line somewhere where it’s just, like, we really don’t have any choice; this is a part of our lives. And when we pick up our instruments, we play the way we are inside, and the way we are inside is the sound of METALLICA — that is the sound of METALLICA. And we’ll never get rid of that, ’cause it is inside of us. It’s something that we can’t get rid of unless we tried… You know, I could probably sound like someone else, but with a lot of effort, with a lot of work. It’s just way too late in this game to back out of anything.”
Hammett added: “And, you know, we’re still figuring it out too. It’s never perfect, from any given point to any other given point. I mean, we’re still figuring it out, we’re still trying to do the right thing. We still have our goals, we still… It doesn’t feel like we’re going downhill, it doesn’t feel like we’re in the winter of our creative lives. It still feels like we’re hungry, motivated… I don’t feel like I’m done or even near any sort of completion on any of this.”
METALLICA will next play South America’s Lollapalooza events in Argentina and Chile on March 31 and April 1, respectively.
The North American leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet’s first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.
The first European leg of “WorldWired” kicks off on September 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 10, 2018 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.
Lashing out the action, returning the reaction Weak are ripped and torn away Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower Battery is here to stay.
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