James Hetfield explains why it is important for he and Lars Ulrich to keep communications open
Hetfield says he will solely ever fall out with Metallica bandmate Lars Ulrich if they stop speaking for any length of time.
However he accepts that’s a part of their relationship – and a part of any relationship that’s driven by creativity.Download Our App
Metallica proceed to support the release of tenth album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct with a series of media appearances and low-key shows leading up to large-scale gigs subsequent yr.
James Hetfield tells The Strombo Show of his relationship with Ulrich: “We’ve got began fires. We’ve walked through fired. We’ve put fires out.
“We have done lots of growing up together. Love him, hate him, he’s a brother. It evolves.
“If I live in my head I get off song. I begin considering too much – ‘He is trying to manipulate me, he is thinking the same about me.’
“When we don’t communicate, we are creative people. We begin making shit up. We’ve to speak or else things go sideways. We connect and we are real again.”
The frontman acknowledges that he and Lars Ulrich could possibly be described as perfectionists. “Lars and I share that wanting to turn over every stone, wanting to attempt all the things, wanting to discover and do new things with Metallica,” he says.
“It is a work in progress till the end – if there’s an end. All the time trying to get better, at all times wanting to learn something.”
And James Hetfield says the biggest compliment possible is when somebody tells them that their music touched them. “That always feels good, and at all times will,” he reports.
Metallica appear on US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday (December 14) after which play a club show at Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre the next night. Their WorldWired tour is expected to last at least 2 years.