Lars Ulrich opened up in an interview that he eats twenty pancakes a day… wow. Read more
Because the world needs more musician feuds, Barry Burns of Mogwai (a Scottish post-rock band… ya know, in case you were like “who?”) had a few choice words about Lars Ulrich regarding Metallica’s upcoming stint in the Glastonbury rock festival.
“I can’t wait to hear that guy play the drums again – unbelievably bad. He’s terrible.”
You’d better be careful, Barry. Lars don’t take kindly to people disrespecting him (just ask Napster’s Sean Parker)!
In a recent interview with Revolver Magazine, Lars drops some hints about the upcoming album:
“We’re in the early stages of writing, and all I can say is there are some good things lurking. We’ve got to put them into song shape and get our asses in the studio. I hope we can do that by the end of the year, maybe early next year.”
We’ve been bringing reports about drummers getting involved with various upcoming music video game releases (Mike Portnoy, Chad Smith, Travis Barker), now it looks like Metallica slugger, Lars Ulrich, is seeing the advantage of this new medium.
Harmonix’s Rock Band can often serve as a sort of subliminal radio station. After being forced to play through the song Cherub Rock five times before finally passing it on expert mode, you might just become the newest Pumpkins fan. Enough Fall Out Boy, and you may find yourself tracking down their discography–much to your dismay.
Needless to say, the record companies couldn’t be happier.
“A few weeks ago, when [Guitar Hero: Aerosmith] came out, there was more than a 40 percent increase in their catalog sales,” said Billboard analyst Geoff Mayfield to CNN.
“I expect you’ll see that again when Metallica gets the same kind of treatment in a few weeks,” he added.
As a result, even Lars “Napster Baaaad” Ulrich, Metallica drummer, is getting into the spirit of Guitar Hero.
“It’s a cool generational thing to share that with your kids,” said Ulrich. “My [son’s] favorite bands are.. the same bands that are my favorite bands–the bands I grew up on.”
Despite the obvious reason behind Ulrich’s enthusiasm–Metallica songs sold on Rock Band and Guitar Hero III are lining his pockets by the download–it’s hard to argue with his sentiment.
From August 16 to September 30, fans of Metallica can tune in to XM Mandatory Metallica which will feature the bands full catalog, live performances, and other rarities. According to PRNewsire,
Beginning August 16, “Mandatory Metallica” (XM 51), will provide fans with music from the entire Metallica catalog, including rare live recordings from the band’s personal archives, extensive interviews with the band andmore. Metallica guitarist and singer James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo will serve as hosts for the six-week long channel.
In addition, the channel will also air interviews with other artists who will share their thoughts about Metallica’s musical contributions, including Linkin Park, Slipknot, Disturbed, Guns n Roses, Chris Cornell, Ashes Divide, Blackstone Cherry, Five Finger Death Punch, Atreyu, Skid Row, Cinderella, Mastodon, Judas Priest, Dragonforce, Triumph, Tesla and many others.
Find out more over at the XM Mandatory Metallica site.
Rolling Stone recently caught up with Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich, at a recent record signing. He talks quite candidly about the state of music today an the digital music revolution.
RS: You were one of the first artists to sue over copyright infringement and voice concerns over aspects of downloading. Eight years later, with bands like Radiohead embracing the Net and yet charting, how has your stance changed, if at all?
Lars: We have FLACs and MP3s for sale. It was never about downloading per se. We have the Vault where you can download shows from twenty years ago for free, full-on and it’s been there for years. You can download recent shows days after they happen for cost. Back in the day there was a much bigger question about “on whose terms?” We said, “Wait a minute, it should be about the artist.” Then all hell broke loose and we sat on the sidelines for a while. We’ve always been fiercely independent and controlling; sometimes to a fault. That’s why we exist and why all these people show up.