Metallica has been a mainstay of rock music since the early 1980s, but what is the key to decades-long success?
Lars Ulrich gave his thoughts during a wide-ranging interview on Thursday (Sept. 3) with Zane Lowe on Apple Music. "So obviously you know, in all seriousness, that we wear our age proud and yes, we are hitting 40 as a band next year," he explained. "I think for the last few weeks as I've heard myself talk about the state of Metallica, the state of the world, and this next record. Just so much of our energy and our focus is always in the future. Sometimes even too much in the future where I'd say sometimes it feels like you should pay more attention to the present. But the one place we spend the least amount of time is in the past."
"Obviously in interviews, we will talk about the past and when asked about choices or things from the past, what happened, to answer them," he continued. "But when we are a creative unit, when we are a creative entity, and when we sort of do what we do, it's always about the future. It's always about the next album, the possibilities, and what else we can do to connect with each other and the fans in the future. And I think that somehow just keeps it youthful, keeps the energy useful youthful. We're not sitting, 'Oh, well, back then when ...' We always look ahead and I think it's dawning upon me that it's an increasing part of keeping the aura and the band youthful and the energy youthful."