Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is defending his decision to have Metallica headline the U.K. event, making them the first metal act to do so in the show’s 44-year history. Eavis told the BBC, “There’s no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play, they will do the best set of their lives here.”
Eavis added, “We’ve been going for so long that people don’t expect us to put on a heavy metal band. We had Rage Against The Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past but this is not a typical headline. We usually have bands like Radiohead, Coldplay and U
- Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker said Metallica was an “interesting choice” but could be “a bit abrasive,” adding that Glastonbury crowds prefer acts with a “vague, warm, friendly presence.”
- One anonymous source launched an online petition to have Metallica removed from the Glastonbury lineup because of frontman James Hetfieldnarrating a History Channel series about bear hunting in Alaska.
- The website and Facebook page for the petition have since gone dormant.
- They’ll join fellow headliners Arcade Fire and Kasabian at the festival, which takes place from June 25th to the 29th. Metallica will close the show on the 28th.