Monday, November 16, 2015

Kirk Hammett confirms that Metallica considered firing Lars Ulrich

Metallica's Kirk Hammett was recently interviewed by "Quinn & Cantara", you can read some excerpts below.

About the progress of the recording sessions for Metallica new album, Kirk said: "You know, I can't really put any sort of markers on how far we are along. All I can tell you, man, is we're working on it. And sometimes it goes quickly, sometimes it doesn't. Right now, I'm waiting to go in and throw down some guitars. As it stands right now, we're trudging away at it. Most likely it will come out next year, in a perfect world, if we can keep to our schedule. And we'll see. That's all I can really say."

About whether it really takes four years to make an album, from beginning to end: "No. The reason why it's taking us so long is 'cause we have all these other things on our schedule. I mean, we made a movie, we did an album with Lou Reed, we're doing all these other small, little tours. What it really is, our schedule is so full that it's affecting our [writing and recording] schedule. I mean, if our schedule was empty and all we had to do was concentrate on writing and recording an album, we could probably do it in a year or a year and a half. But other things are on the schedule. And, you know, we all have families, life gets in the way, blah blah blah. 
But I think if we were totally focused and we had nothing [else to do], I think we could get an album out in about a year and a half."

About whether there is any truth to the rumors that Metallica needs to make albums and stay on the road in order to generate revenue to cover some of the money-losing investments, such as the "Through The Never" movie and the Orion Music + More festival, from the past couple of years: "Well, we're gonna make an album regardless of anything like that. 'Cause, as musicians and as artists, we feel the need to, you know, go out there and make albums. Having said that, we need to play a certain number of shows every year just to keep the Metallica machine rolling. And that, as well, kind of interferes with our schedule. If we were the richest men on earth, we'd still probably wanna be artists about it and make albums… And, you know, to a certain extent, you are right: these projects take money, there's a cost attached to them, and that's another reason to keep it all going, 'cause we want the Metallica machine to run as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. And if that means we have to play, you know, 15-20 gigs a year, so be it."

About whether there is any truth to rumors that Metallica planned to fire drummer Lars Ulrich back in the mid-'80s: "You know, that was just an old thing, you know. I think at one point or another, we were pissed off at Lars, around maybe 1985 or something. We were unhappy and we might have grumbled something to someone. And then that person might have picked up on it and made it something a lot bigger than it actually was… To be completely honest, [Lars] has a lot of drive, and that's a part of the reason why I love the man. His drive and his motivation is just so intense, you know."

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