LINKIN PARK bassist Darren "Phoenix" Farrell spoke to Live Daily about the group's recollections of playing with METALLICA during the Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003. Asked how the tour went, Darren said, "That was probably the first time we had toured the U.S. in like seven or eight months. Obviously it was METALLICA's tour. It's just that much more fun once you're on your own tour because things are kind of catered to you. Things are just easier. You have access to the best dressing room, which means it's closest to catering, little things like that. When you're out for six weeks at a time, it makes a lot of difference.
"I didn't know what to expect going into [the tour]. I was almost a little bit nervous about it. I had been a METALLICA fan for such a long time. I didn't want to have the type of experience where you meet them and it would almost be a disappointment. The second night of the tour I got the opportunity to hang out with everybody except James (Hetfield, lead singer). I was blown away at how awesome they were. They're obviously a great band, and I think they're one of the best bands that's ever been. At the same time, they're just really respectful, humble guys. They're still totally down to earth.
"A couple days later, when we got to meet James, it was the same thing. It's one of these experiences where you meet these people you respect, and it turns out they're good people. It just makes you that much more excited about what they've done and what they hopefully will be able to continue to do.
"[Touring with a band like METALLICA is] a learning experience for me more in the sense of it's inspirational. You see guys who have been around each other for as long as they have, playing music for as long as they have and they're enjoying it. It's not a job to them. I'm sure they have their highlights and low-lights just like everybody else does on tour. But they can still go out every night, and you can tell they still enjoy playing music. That's something right there. I feel it's something to shoot for."
Read Darren's entire interview with Live Daily here.