METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich would like to see the band last another 10 years
In a new talk with Revolver, METALLICA‘s Lars Ulrich was asked if the band have ever thought about hitting a certain benchmark before calling it a day. Lars responded: “It’s not something we’ve talked a lot about, no. I think most of the energy and the resources go into trying to stay healthy, stay cohesive, stay functioning. As I get older, I spend more and more of my time on my daily workouts, on my cardio, on my strength training.
“I’m chained to my Peloton hours a day. It’s all about trying to stay healthy: eating healthy, living healthy, whatever it is each of us need to bring to the table. Obviously, there is a point where it’s maybe not going to function anymore at some level, where we can’t play ‘Battery‘ or ‘Master Of Puppets‘ or songs like that. I know there’s some people in the comments section that think that point has already come — and I appreciate that.
“But the only thing I can say is that it hasn’t happened yet, knock on wood. Hopefully it won’t happen for a while. I mean, [Paul] McCartney‘s out there past his 80th birthday. THE [ROLLING] STONES are still out there. [Bruce] Springsteen just started his tour.”
When it was brought up that “none of those dudes are playing anything even close to ‘Battery‘ tempo every night,” the 59-year-old Lars concurred: “Right. But at the same time, Springsteen plays three-hour shows and just played 28 fucking songs on the opening night. He looks healthier and stronger than ever. But I appreciate what you’re saying. None of them are playing ‘Battery‘. I would say if we stay healthy, hopefully we’ve got another decade. I mean, the second I’m done with you, I’m getting on the Peloton.”
METALLICA‘s 12th studio album, “72 Seasons“, will be released April 14 via the band’s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and clocking in at over 77 minutes, the 12-track “72 Seasons” is METALLICA‘s first full-length collection of new material since 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct“. The album will be released in formats, including 2LP 140g black vinyl and limited-edition variants, CD and digital.
METALLICA and Trafalgar Releasing will hold a worldwide “72 Seasons” listening party for one night only on Thursday, April 13 exclusively for cinema audiences worldwide — with every one of the new songs featuring its own music video and exclusive commentary from the band.
In November, METALLICA released the details about the album’s accompanying “M72” world tour featuring two-night stops in nearly two dozen cities. Presented worldwide by Liquid Death and Blackened American Whiskey (in North America only) and promoted by Live Nation, the 46-show trek will launch in Amsterdam on April 27 and will include shows all over Europe and North America through 2024.
Each “No Repeat Weekend” on “M72” will feature two completely different setlists and support lineups. The “M72” tour will feature a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed METALLICA Snake Pit to center stage, as well as the “I Disappear” full-tour pass and the debut of discounted tickets for fans under 16 years of age. Opening acts for the tour include PANTERA, MAMMOTH WVH, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, ICE NINE KILLS, ARCHITECTS, VOLBEAT and GRETA VAN FLEET.