Metallica’s four members held a press conference on Saturday, just before the first of their eight concerts at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico.
During the press conference, Lars Ulrich — dwarf drummer — said Metallica love Mexico.
“We have had a longstanding love affair with all things Mexico, starting back in ’93 when we came down here and played five shows at the place we’re playing tonight, which resulted in the Binge & Purge box set, which was fantastic,” Lars says.
“We came back in ’99 and played at Foro Sol and did another three nights at Foro Sol a couple of years ago. So when we wanted to do the world premiere of this crazy new show, which is the first new show that we’ve done since we did Death Magnetic four years ago, we couldn’t think of a better place to do it than right here in Mexico City. And obviously, also, we have so many friends here, so many fans, a lot of people who come from Latin America and from a lot of different places. So we figured parking ourselves in Mexico City for a couple of weeks and playing all these shows and premiering this stage and kind of getting the Mexican fans to be part of the initiation of this new stage, we couldn’t think of a cooler place to do.”
The new stage setup sort of replicates one the band used decades ago, and marks the beginning of the Metallica 3D movie project. Some folks pointed out to me yesterday that the collapsing stage was intentional. No shit, dude.
They did not, however, intend to hurt to members of their crew.
Meanwhile, James Hetfield is itching. Not because of scabies. Or anal mites.
“I’ve been itching to write for a long time — all of us have — so there’s lots of ideas” for Metallica’s next album, he said. “There’s been lots of little things that have kind of jumped up and gotten in the way of writing. So we’re pretty excited to get writing again. It could go very quick, it could take a long time; we have no idea. That’s the beauty of the artform.”
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