When Metallica headlined Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival a few weeks ago, guitarist Kirk Hammett was asked by Brazilian news portal who he thinks might make up the next generation of rock bands capable of headlining a festival. Hammett replied, “It’s hard to say . . . Muse, they’re already headlining festivals. Maybe Queens Of The Stone Age. It’s hard to say. There haven’t been a lot of really, really great bands that have shown that kind of promise, you know. I think it’s a concern. Because of things like iTunes and streaming and social networking, it’s destroyed music. It’s destroyed the motivation to go out there and really make the best record possible. It’s a shame.”
- Metallica did its level best to stop online music sharing and social networking in their tracks back in 2000, when the band sued the Napster file-sharing service for allowing its music to be shared illegally on the network.
- The band eventually had its music removed from the service, had thousands of users banned and reached a settlement with Napster, which never fully recovered from the battle and later went out of business.
- Nevertheless, drummer Lars Ulrich told us that the band was never as leery of downloading music as it was made out to be: “You know, some of us would like to think that we were a little more digitally interested than given credit for, but that’s okay. It sort of got, like, annoying every time you went on iTunes (laughs) that you couldn’t find your own stuff there, so it was like, ‘Okay, fine.'”
- Metallica is slated to begin work on its 10th studio album in early 2014. Ulrich told Kerrang!magazine that the band had no shortage of riffs collected for the record, adding, “The stuff that we’ve been jamming on is certainly not a million miles removed from where we left off from (2008’s) Death Magnetic.”