Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Is Deeply Grateful For Fan Support Over The Years

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Few groups in the history of music have captured the public’s imagination quite like Metallica.

With four decades and eleven proper studio albums under their belt (not counting EPs, live records, or collaborations), the California thrash titans have been considered icons for the vast majority of their existence. 

It’s fair to think that a band of this stature would get used to the mountains of attention after all of these years. However, drummer Lars Ulrich is still astounded by the band’s widespread popularity. As the Metallica founder told Jim Kerr of New York’s Q104.3 radio station in a new interview:

“It’s pretty surreal. 42 years in, it’s pretty crazy. I’ve said this a thousand times, but it still feels like we’re just getting started and it still feels like we are just trying to figure it all out and we keep threatening, at least to people around us, that we may turn professional at some point soon. The dedication and the support from the fans over the years it’s crazy.

And, obviously, it’s not all the same fans. There’s a whole revolving door, a whole new, young generation that is showing up at all the shows, and I’m getting recognized by 10-year-olds on the street, after the whole Stranger Things phenomena, you know.

“For a lot of years, in our twenties and thirties, we were full of piss and vinegar, as they say, and probably never slowed down long enough to take any of it in, as one doesn’t when one just keeps cruising at that speed, but now in our advanced ages here, – and I can’t wrap my head around the fact James turned 60 today – it’s amazing that there’s still this love for heavy music and for what we do” the drummer continued.

“42 years into this ride that is still happening and it’s pretty wild, the shows we have here this weekend at MetLife are the biggest shows we’ve ever played in the greater New York, Jersey, tri-state area.

The difference now, compared to, say, 20, 30 years ago, is that we slowed down long enough to take it in, and appreciate the love, appreciate the generosity of the fans and the interaction, and how fortunate we all are to share music and to be able to still feel that we’re out here.”

Ulrich also spoke about Metallica’s efforts to make things easier for their younger fans to attend their concerts: “We are trying to encourage kids to come and be a part of this, and we are trying to do what we can to make it easier for everybody across all the different economic levels. We want a Metallica concert, a Metallica experience to be reasonably attainable for everybody”