METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently spoke with The National out of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates abdout the new feature film, Metallica Through The Never, and the band’s plans for the future. An excerpt is available below:
Q: It’s been five years since your last proper album, Death Magnetic. Are you going back into the studio?
Lars: “Yeah. We’ll always make another record. We’re certainly not avoiding making another record. We’ve been fiddling around a little bit when we have a week here, a week there, but we realised the other day that this movie will take up realistically the next four or five months. But I hope we will get to another record when this movie is over.”
Q: What’s the secret of the band’s longevity?
Lars: “Somewhere along the line we learnt to get along and somewhere along the line we learnt we’d rather be in Metallica than not be in Metallica. I think we have tremendous respect for whatever it is Metallica means. I’ve never known anything else. This is the only band I’ve ever been in, since I was 17. So ultimately, you want it to survive, and you figure out what works, what doesn’t work, and what’s best for the band. Somewhere along, you just figure it out and you pray you have more good days than not.”
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Metallica’s new movie, Metallica Through The Never, has earned $3,168,000 domestically at the box office after its third weekend in release, according to Box Office Mojo.
Metallica Through The Never stars Metallica, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history. In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of Metallica’s most iconic songs – created exclusively for film – combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during the Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3-D photography captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously.