During recent conversation with Herring & Herring, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich talked about why Metallica doing different things all the time.
Here’s the statement:
“I think for Metallica, the main thing is just continuously mixing it up. So we always have to do different things. We all acknowledge in the band that we all have very short attention spans and we get easily a little lost. And so, if we know that about ourselves, then we always just do different things.
So, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, or whatever, there were things in music where it was, basically, you made a record, you went on tour, you made a record, you went on tour. It was this cycle that was very limited and very predictable. And with the collapse of the general music industry a decade or so ago, it felt like you could break out of all that.
And so we made a couple, two-three movies; we have our own festival; we have a foundation now. The first show for that foundation is an acoustic benefit thing that we’re doing in a couple, two-three weeks.
So we’re very much thinking about that. So we’re always doing different things. When we tour, we try to break up the touring by… we play outdoors, we play indoors, we play big places, we play small places. When we come to New York, we always play a different place.
So we have this fear of repetition and this fear of falling into the same cycles, and we’re very conscious of that. And so we always try to break it up as much as possible and always embrace different creative challenges as much as we can.”
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