Metallica 4/29/20

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich participated in an online chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on Tuesday (April 28th), discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting the band and the world. Ulrich also revealed that Metallica could get together to write and record a new album while in quarantine.

At one point Ulrich discussed Metallica’s touring plans, mentioning that their spring festival dates have been postponed or canceled, while adding, “The idea of bringing tens of thousands of people together in concert settings is maybe just not the right idea for the health and safety of everybody in 2020.”

As for Metallica’s plans to potentially get together to write and record a follow-up to 2016’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, Ulrich said, “The guys in Metallica . . . we sit here and go, well, maybe in a month or two from now, is there a chance that the four of us can be together maybe at our studio here in Northern California, if the quarantine and stay-at-home orders subside — so on and so forth.”

The drummer continued, “Will there be a Metallica quarantine record? I can’t tell you, because, again, I don’t know how long the quarantine will last. But if you and I and the rest of the world are sitting here six months from now or a year from now, I’d say there’s a very good chance.”

Metallica actually recorded Hardwired at its headquarters in the San Francisco area and Ulrich told us at the time why he liked that setup: [“Being at home, you know, the hours are definitely shorter. Obviously the upside of being at home is getting a chance to sort of go back to your own bed every night and see the kids and kind of still be involved in school grinds and domestic responsibilities and all that. Obviously that does away with the 16-hour grind days in the studio of back in the day, you know. But it feels like the time spent in the studio flew by maybe slightly faster.”] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . maybe slightly faster.)

During the chat, at around the 39-minute mark, Ulrich also shared footage of his college-aged sons Myles and Layne performing in the studio. One clip showed Layne playing bass on the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and another clip showed Layne with Myles on drums rocking a metal version of “Eleanor Rigby.”

Story source: Blabbermouth

TL; DR:

  • Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in a livestreamed chat on Tuesday (April 28th) about the band’s plans in the wake of the current pandemic.
  • Ulrich said the band is mulling whether it will be able to get together in a studio a month or two from now.
  • He added that if large-scale quarantines continue for months to come, “there’s a very good chance” that Metallica could make a new album.