METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: 'There's A Lot Of Great Music That, Unfortunately, Doesn't Really Penetrate'

November 13, 2017

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich is featured in the "Music Ruined My Life" segment on the latest episode of the BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter". In the segment, which can be streamed below, Ulrich speaks about the songs that inspired him and changed his life.

Asked if hosting his own radio show, "It's Electric!" on Apple Music's Beats 1, has changed his perspective on new music that is coming out, Lars said: "I can tell you what it has done — it has rejuvenated my connection to music and kind of re-inspired.

"I've been fairly open about this: I've had sort of up-and-down relationships with music for years because there are times where I get very inspired by other music and then there are times where I'm so depressed at the fact that there's nothing cool happening," he continued.

"There's actually a lot of great music out there. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's so difficult for the great music to stand out from the other music that's not so great because of the obvious demise of the music industry.

"I'll sit there and I'll find some band, and I'll love this song and I'll play it on the show, and occasionally I'll go on YouTube or something and that particular song's got 1,200 hits or something on YouTube, and you just sit there and go, 'That shoud have 1.2 million hits, not 1,200.' I mean, 1,200 hits — that's like the extended family of the bandmembers, you know what I mean? So there's a lot of great music that, unfortunately, doesn't really penetrate. So that's kind of the good and the bad of where this whole journey has gone. But there is a lot of great music. A lot of the stuff I play… a lot of great bands in England, lots of great music coming out from all corners of the world. So there is definitely lots of cool, inspiring stuff out there."

Ulrich also revealed that he would love to see METALLICA tour with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, if the Zack De La Rocha-fronted outfit ever decides to become active again.

"RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, to me is… Not only are they one of my favorite all-time bands, not only have they made… probably their first three records are, I think, as a 1-2-3 of a catalog, I mean, that's about as high of a batting average, as they say in America, you can have for the first three records," Lars said. "And RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, they're just so timeless, and most of it's even more relevant now than it was 20 years ago.

"When you tour, you wanna be around bands that inspire you, you wanna feel up and inspired and ready to go out there," he explained. "So touring with somebody that turns you on is a good thing. And RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE turns me on, so playing shows with them would be the coolest. We played some shows with them on Lollapalooza in '96, somewhere around there; they did about half of Lollapalooza with us. So we have played shows with them.

"Let's put it this way: if they ever reform, one of the first people they'll hear from will be me going, 'Hey, I'm the drummer in so-and-so. Maybe can we play some shows together?' So we'll see."

The European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and ran through November 3. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out in November 2016.

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