Metallica can check off another item on their bucket list this year, as it was announced on Thursday (May 8th) that the band will headline the U.K.’s prestigious Glastonbury Festival on June 28th. The band issued a statement saying, “We’ve made no secret that there was still one live music festival on our wish list that has eluded us . . . until now! It is with a great deal of pride that we announce that we have been tapped to headline the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival.”
The band added, “Over the forty plus years of its existence, a widely diverse group of artists have graced the stage including Paul McCartney, Oasis,David Bowie, U2, Muse, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Neil Young, Jay-Z and so many more. We’re psyched and honored to be among the first hard rock bands to hit the Pyramid Stage and join this prestigious group.”
- Although the band will be doing “all request” shows on the rest of its summer European run, the Glastonbury gig will not be in that format.
- The five day annual Glastonbury Festival also features dance, comedy, cabaret, theater and other arts in addition to live music.
- Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told us it’s the diverse nature of the European festivals that makes them fun:
- “You know, the interesting thing about these festivals in Europe is they basically, they sell out every year without any of the bands being announced. People just go because it’s like a vibe. People know that whatever’s gonna happen is gonna be super-cool, and there’s gonna be lots of great bands and lots of different bands.”
- Metallica is currently writing songs for its 10th studio album, which is now likely to come out sometime in 2015.
- The group debuted a new song called “The Lords Of Summer” on a recent South American tour. That tune or possibly another new one will be played on the upcoming European run, on which the band will play all-request sets in addition to one new track.