James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Kirk Hammett & Lars Ulrich
James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich photographed Oct. 21 in San Rafael, Calif. for the cover of Billboard magazine.
James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich & Kirk Hammett
James Hetfield on the title track to Metallica's 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct' album: "The last song we wrote, ‘Hardwired,’ which is the opening track and the fastest one, sums it up lyrically: We’ve always been f—ed, but we survive. Every generation says ‘I feel sorry for the next generation,’ but there is a faith that you have in mankind. Most of the time.”
“The tuning room is pretty much our couch therapy session,” says Hetfield. “You can tell where everyone’s at. Sometimes we’ll goof around — I love playing drums, and I’ll hit the kit while Rob comes up with some funky thing that we’ll never use.”
"Whether we’ll be able to play ‘Master of Puppets’ in our 70s, I just don’t know,” says Ulrich. “With Metallica, there’s a physicality and a weight that has to be part of it. You can play it less heavy, slower — or you can realize that the music deserves that physical approach, and if the physical delivery isn’t there, then maybe it’s better not to do it.”
Kirk Hammett photographed Oct. 21 in San Rafael, Calif.
Robert Trujillo photographed Oct. 21 in San Rafael, Calif.
James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo photographed Oct. 21 in San Rafael, Calif.