Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich reflected his feelings and thoughts about going back to live shows after two years of a break in his recent interview with Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk.
As you may recall, Metallica started The WorldWired Tour on February 6, 2016, in San Francisco to promote their tenth studio album ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.’ The band continued their tour until 2020 and had to reschedule some concerts to 2021 following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Therefore, since 2019, Metallica performed its first live show on September 16, 2021, in San Francisco. The performances were followed by two concerts in Louisville, and the upcoming concert will take place on October 8 in Sacramento. In his recent conversation, Lars Ulrich revealed how he felt when he stepped on the stage.
Ulrich stressed that this was his first live performance after two years. The drummer admitted that it was very ‘daunting,’ and he and other Metallica members felt like they had forgotten how to play alive. He stated that they practiced and worked on the songs a lot, but it was still scary for them.
Ulrich said in his interview that:
“I think it was just about two years, maybe a little over two years, since we stepped off the stage at ‘S&M2’ in San Francisco. And, obviously, we did the drive-in thing last summer, we did an ‘All Within My Hands’ virtual event and a couple of TV appearances, but in terms of live shows with live audiences and that real deal, it had been over two years. So I believe that in the six hundred years Metallica’s been going that that’s been the longest absence from the live stage we’ve ever had.
When we stepped on stage at The Independent in San Francisco about two weeks ago now, We were definitely nervous. It was a little daunting. ‘How do we do this again? We hope the muscle memory will come back.’ Obviously, we’d been rehearsing and prepping and staying in shape, but you never know.”
Consequently, even though Lars Ulrich revealed that it was a little hard to go back to the live performances after a long break, their fans showed great interest and shared their appreciation of Metallica’s latest concerts.