By Kevin Rutherford
There’s a fair share of folks unhappy about Metallica‘s headlining set at Glastonbury — from petition wielders to Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner — but for their part, the band just doesn’t care.
In an interview with Metalhammer, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke a bit to the outcry, calling it “ridiculous” and referring to his band as “fairly thick-skinned.”
“Glastonbury, it’s like the Holy Grail in England, and we’re respectful to that,” Ulrich said. “But if somebody sits there and talks about petitions or what some other guy says, there’s a point that it just becomes ridiculous.”
The band has made waves in headlines recently not so much for what they’re doing but for what others are saying about them. Turner called the decision to let the metal act headline “out there,” while lesser-known act Mogwai had some words as well, one member calling out Ulrich’s drumming abilities: I can’t wait to hear that guy play the drums again — unbelievably bad.”
And then there’s the Facebook protest, helmed by Richard Fraser, who created a protest page railing against the band’s Glastonbury set in light of frontman James Hetfield’s narration of an upcoming TV series, The Hunt, documenting the killing of Kodiak brown bears in Alaska.
“We’re fairly thick-skinned and you just kinda turn a blind eye to it,” Ulrich said. “Obviously, if Mick Jagger has something to say, or Alex Turner, or the very nice guys in Kasabian… it’s cool. But at some point, when… some other band… it’s like, huh? Who are you?”
Glastonbury will be held in late June. Meanwhile, Metallica has been teasing new material off the follow-up to 2007’s Death Magnetic, including the song “The Lords of Summer” last March.