Lars Ulrich Describes the New Metallica Pre-Show Ritual

Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica, stated in a recent interview with Chicago’s Rock 95.5 that the band’s attitude toward playing flawlessly during live performances shifted as they became more accepting of the human element. As a result, their pre-performance preparations changed as a result of their altered mindset. Metallica’s tenth and most recent album, ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct,’ was released on November 18, 2016. Therefore, the band has been silent for the past six years, making fans increasingly impatient for a new album as time passes. The band members didn’t forget to let music fans know that they’ve been working on a new album for a while by explaining in a number of previous interviews.

According to the group’s members, they have spent the past few years working on the follow-up to their most recent album. However, it is currently unknown when the new album will be released to the public. With the exception of a few festival appearances in the upcoming months, the group is experiencing a relatively quiet period. During a recent appearance, Lars Ulrich explained how the final setlist for their performances is determined. The drummer explained that they are constantly working on nearly sixty songs from their catalog to present to the audience. Ulrich also noted that they are much more at ease with the pre-performance preparation process than in the past because they are now more conscious of the human element.

Previously, they were more concerned with performing flawless performances, but now they are more at ease with their stage presence. They recognize that making errors is an inevitable aspect of their business. As a result, they don’t need to rehearse extensively before performances, so they only jam for 20 or 30 minutes and play the songs they haven’t performed in a while. Lars Ulrich, commenting on the evolution of their approach to performing flawless concerts: Metallica is not exactly known for being the most overly-rehearsed band on the planet. There are approximately sixty songs that Metallica can perform with relative ease. We have decided that we appreciate it. We like to keep it loosey-goosey on the edges. We like it increasingly as we get older. I am more at ease with the human aspect. Twenty years ago, it seemed as though every hit and note had to be perfect.

If not, then you screwed up. Now it’s as if it’s just occurring. There are approximately fifty to sixty songs that we can perform. We have a room somewhere in this area. We have a basic arrangement. We’ll jam in there for 20 to 30 minutes before taking the stage. A couple of songs we haven’t performed in a while serve as a sort of warmup and get us by.” The entire interview can be viewed below.

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