METALLICA DRUMMER LARS ULRICH EXPLAINS DECISION TO PLAY ONE "BIG FOUR" US SHOW
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explained why the band has only booked one "Big Four" show in the US. The show also features legendary bands Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth. For now, the only show is on April 23d in Indio, California at the same location where the Coachella festival happens every year.
Lars said: "Let's take baby steps here. We did seven or eight dates last year, we're doing one show in England and one show in France this year. We don't wanna cram this down people's throats. We don't wanna sort of overstay the welcome, and we don't know what kind of response there's gonna be to this in America, so we're starting, obviously, without being disrespectful to the rest of the wonderful country."
"We have a history in Southern California, Slayer has a history in Southern California, Dave Mustaine has a history in Southern California, so there's a lot of history in California. And we picked the Coachella site where this is going down the week after the Coachella, which is probably, along with Bonnaroo, the favorite festival site to go to in North America. "
"I went and saw Rage Against The Machine a couple of years ago out there at Coachella and just thought it was a brilliant place, so when the Coachella organizers asked us if we would come and play there the week after and they would leave the scaffolding up and all that business, it just seemed like a great way to kick this off in North America. "
"If there is enough demand for it, obviously there's a very strong possibility that there'll be more shows, but we don't wanna overextend the welcome and we also don't wanna turn it into something that becomes this whole nostalgia trip that's gonna sort of be, 'Okay, now it's just gonna be this for the next few years,' and 'Celebrate the past.' So it's a balancing act."
Ticket for the show go on sale tomorrow.