Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told Metal Hammer in a new interview that the band’s new song, “The Lords Of Summer,” is going over well with fans hearing it live on the band’s current “By Request” tour. Ulrich explained, “It’s fun to play. It seems like the kids are enjoying it. There was actually somebody in the ‘Snake Pit’ the other day with a homemade ‘Lords Of Summer’ T-shirt on, which was very endearing.”
Ulrich added, “It’s a good song. Hey, listen, who knows by the time the next record comes out whether it will be in its same shape or format. But it’s fun to play. And I think it’s going down well, from what I can tell, from my little spot.”
- Ulrich said that in the past when the band has played fresh material live, sometimes the songs have not even had finished lyrics or titles. But he remarked that “The Lords Of Summer” is “a little further along in terms of it being, sort of, together, so we’re quite comfortable playing it. It’s kind of written for this tour.”
- The drummer recently told Metal Zone about the band’s next record, “I’m pretty convinced that 90 percent of the record is actually written, it’s just gotta be kind of assembled between all those riffs. It’s just a matter of connecting this to this and sort of shaping it into a song.”
- Frontman James Hetfield said something very similar when we asked him a while back about the status of the band’s new material:
- “We’ve come up with enough material for a record, for sure. We’ve gone through maybe one-tenth of the material that’s on our riff CDs, but we’ve got enough for an album. We just haven’t had the time to really focus on it and dial in and start whittling at these masterpieces, hopefully.”
- Metallica made a studio version of “The Lords Of Summer” available last week via iTunes.
- Metallica headlines England’s Glastonbury festival this Saturday (June 28th), making them the first metal act in the event’s 44-year history to top the bill.
- The “Metallica By Request” tour is hitting Europe this summer, with a single North American date confirmed in Montreal. The tour features the band playing 17 songs requested online by fans in each city, with the final slot in the set list taken by “The Lords Of Summer.”