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If you thought Metallica are selfish, think again! They aren’t, that’s why they chose ‘Am I Evil’ as the one song to perform together on stage with the other three bands… They’ve performed together again at the Indio gig.
“We felt that you’re not going to invite people to come onstage and start playing a Metallica song. That would seem a little selfish, so you want to find a cover song that had some resonance towards what’s going on“ said Lars Ulrich in an interview.
My personal opinion is that they chose this song as one band already knew it, and it was very easy to learn and practice by the rest. The performance in Sofia last year (which I’ve been to, cause I’m amazing) was really just a DVD moment, I don’t think they thought too much of it in advance… I think they just decided to do something quick for all the cameras, so that was an easy choice. But that’s just me.
“I would like to be a little more adventurous and not rely on the same song if there are continued jams. There are other things we can do, and I know that Tom [Araya] from Slayer was talking about [Metallica's] “The Four Horsemen.” Inviting the other bands to come up and play a Metallica song just doesn’t seem right“ continued Lars…
Yeah, I’ll say. I don’t think they should perform a Metallica song, but they should do a medley of all four bands’ greatest hits. I’ve suggested this to David Ellefson when I interviewed him, and he seemed keen on the idea. Wouldn’t that be something special that would honor all four bands equally?
“You know, I’m not afraid to go anywhere. Maybe we’ll play a Slayer song instead”
Read full interview here.
Or maybe you’ll just take my advice and do a medley. Dave could join you guys beforehand just for one or two performances of old Kill Em All songs you wrote together.
I should be fucking hired by these guys, so much productivity in a single blog post. And if you are considering seeing the upcoming Big Four gigs in Europe, read this rant to get motivated.
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We’re so good, we’re interviewing each other. Who needs interviews with musicians, who have been interviewed already thousands of times? No one!
So, you want to know what happened this past week in metal? Make the jump, we’ll teach you a lesson.
Reissues sell… but who’s buying? Those that are interested in reading liner notes written by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich in a Megadeth album perhaps.
Yes, the arch enemies are all buddy buddy again, with Lars writing liner notes for a 25th anniversary reissue of Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying, expected to hit stores in July. I seriously can’t wait, that’s going to blow my little mind when I read it.
Apparently, Lars and Dave were always good friends, even after Dave was fired from Metallica, but as both bands got bigger (*cough* Metallica), the press really started to stir shit up (*cough* Dave), but with the whole Big Four tours going on, I guess they’ve
kissed and made up now. N’aww isn’t that lovely?
As for the reissue, according to Metal Hammer, it will be available in a 2CD lift-top box, digital album, and a deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set, all including a previously unreleased 1987 concert from the band’s first world tour and new liner notes written by Mustaine and Ulrich.
The Big Four dates are approaching fast, so expect more and more press about the relationship between the four bands and especially between Metallica and Megadeth.
In this Lars interview, however, you get to read about what went on between him and Dave in the 80s and 90s. Why would you care? Because it’s pretty surprising how much they hung out, considering their ‘rivalry.’
“Dave would come up and play San Francisco a lot. And I would always go find him, and we would drink and do lots of drugs and sit around. For those years, ’84, ’85, me and him got over our issues really quickly at that time. [...] Me and Dave had kind of a friendship and cool thing going at that time, up through most of the ’80s.
It wasn’t until both bands started getting bigger that this whole kind of thing started happening in the press, which was really kind of different than what we had going between us. [...] In some way, you could argue that the thing press was doing, about setting our bands up, eventually started kind of transcending itself into our personal relationship and probably became a big part of the fact that over the ’90s, it got a little frosty at times.“
So basically the whole ‘kicking out’ thing was resolved quickly, but
Metallica both bands got bigger and Dave the press started stirring the pot? I get it now.
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Moving on, we’re so full of ourselves that we’re taking turns interviewing each other because that’s what the world needs. The hero the metal world deserves.
Want to know what happened in the metal world this past week? Make the jump to read an interview between me and the mighty Alex about recent metal happenings.
Time for some headlines, folks, and trust me, they’ll bore you to death.
Queensrÿche (pictured above… i think… it’s not the 80s, is it?) are talking about their new album and, you guessed it, it’s “going in another direction.” If I had a blowjob for every time I heard that…
Lars Ulrich is an actor now. A photo of him on the set pictured and I can only describe it with three letters: LOL
Nevermore are embarking on a clinic tour around Serbia, Italy and Greece. I wish Paramore would do the same. I heard Serbian laws for rape are pretty forgiving.
Nick Oliveri is not working with Homme yet. He squashed those rumors in a recent interview. Too bad the one spreading them was himself.
When Lars made a cameo in “Get Him To The Greek,” people kept joking about him wanting an acting career. I laughed at that preposterous assumption. But who’s laughing now?
“HBO has added Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich to ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn,’ starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen. Ulrich will play Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens in the TV movie, which chronicles the stormy marriage between Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.“
Read full article here.
Haha, really? Did they think of him because of “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” the Metallica song inspired by Ernest Hemingway‘s novel of the same name? Cause the movie seems to take place around the time that novel was written. Can you imagine Robert Trujillo scoring the whole movie on bass? Wow, this sounds like Oscar material already.
Frankly, if Lars is pursuing a movie career, I have two movies I’d like to see him in. One — A full length feature adaptation of “Napster Bad.” Two — The Robocop reboot. Look at that photo above and tell me he doesn’t look like Murphy. Your move, creep.
Well well well. I’m not gonna mention karma but guess what, Lars just got sued. Was he found downloading on Napster? Close. He allegedly didn’t pay his assistant for a full year.
“A Sausalito man who worked as a personal assistant to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has filed a lawsuit claiming years of unpaid overtime. Steven Wiig, 38, is seeking unspecified damages for alleged state and federal labor violations, breach of oral contract and continuing wages, according to the suit in Marin Superior Court. The lawsuit names Ulrich and Team Tours, a Burbank company that issued Wiig’s paychecks, as defendants.“
Read full article here.
I wouldn’t be so quick to judge Lars though, how many people sue famous and rich musicians all the time for a quick buck? I judge Lars for St. Anger though and his horrible ‘biscuit tin can’ snare.
After waiting for an U.S. leg of The Big Four tour, fans are not pleased with the single California date. Lars has an excuse for that though. Here it is:
“Listen, we don’t wanna cram this down people’s throats. We don’t wanna sort of overstay the welcome, and we don’t know what kind of response there’s gonna be to this in America, so we’re starting, obviously, without being disrespectful to the rest of the wonderful country [...] When the Coachella organizers asked us if we would come and play there the week after and they would leave the scaffolding up and all that business, it just seemed like a great way to kick this off in North America.“
So in case you Californians thought you were special or something, Lars clears it up. You aren’t. You’re just lucky people behind Coachella are willing to let them use their stage and stuff. Otherwise you’re just testing ground for the financial potential of this thing.
“If there is enough demand for it, obviously there’s a very strong possibility that there will be more shows, but we don’t wanna overextend the welcome and we also don’t wanna turn it into something that becomes this whole nostalgia trip“
Listen to the full interview here.
Translation: We don’t know if this Big Four tour is gonna do well in America, so we’re using Coachella’s sloppy seconds to test that. If that’s good, we’ll do more dates.
Wasn’t that just easier to say?
Lars Ulrich is a lot of things. Drummer. Art lover. Well okay, that’s all I can think of for now. Still, apparently he’s also a businessman. He’s helped sell half of Apple‘s products. You know that little indie firm, Apple, right? It was unknown until Lars came in and helped it get off its feet.
“I’m the computer whore. Seriously. I am the reason Steve Jobs has sold half the devices that he has. Trust me.“ said Lars while polishing a statue of himself.
Watch interview after the jump.
Oh, don’t worry Lars, trust you we do. I’ve never even heard of Apple or this Stevie Jobe guy or whatever, so I do believe you. Don’t be modest now, we’re sure you’ve helped sell ALL the products, not just half.