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Lars

THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
To me the most boring thing in the world is safe, mainstream heavy metal...I'd rather listen to Madonna.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
INFOOn Jason
He's a little gullible at times, which makes it kinda fun.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
I have a lot of piercings in my ears and my left nipple is pierced but not anything below.


THANKSSykoChik82@aol.com
DATEunknown
Today we think about him a lot and talk about him, even joke about him. I often think, now much more than ever, how much of a character and personality Cliff actually was. He was just one in five billion people on this earth, and we will never, ever, even be tempted to come up with anyone like him.


THANKSSykoChik82@aol.com
DATEunknown
Metallica is the only band I've ever been in. I'm not sure that when it ends in five, ten years, I'm going to put an ad in the paper saying 'Stupid drummer looking for stupid people to play music with.' Metallica is it and I think when that ceases, that's it.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1990
We don't sit and write music for the masses. We suck up a lot of what we see out there and then we write it for ourselves. Then a lot of people cling onto it.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
Being on tour has nothing to do with a regular existence.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
We're just a continuation of the stuff we've been doing for years.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
Hell, I don't even know what making it means to me, and we hopefully have another 10 or 15 years left with bigger records and better shows.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1988
We've always known that there's been a need or a want for a band like us. We've fought back and broken through all the bullshit of the business, and now it's great to be able to say 'Fuck off' to the whole business, and 'We did it our way' and blah blah blah. We've always had our own way of doing things...


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
You can't worry about how people will react to or interpret what we do. You're bound to be running around in circles all day.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1989
He (James) probably drinks beer when he's sleeping.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
It's too easy to say something like 'Yeah, we don't care if the album doesn't sell one copy or 10,000 or 10 million.' Anyone who tells you that-deep down, they're not telling the truth. But at the end of the day, the thing that matters is that you make a record that's completely yours from beginning to end-with no sacrifices, no compromises, no corners cut.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
We know certain groups out there figure, 'These are the current trends-how do we milk the market for the most we can get at the moment?' I think the music business nowadays is becoming such a fake thing; there's much more emphasis on business than music.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1990
Sometimes I'll be walking around in a ponytail and beard and walk right by someone with a Metallica T-shirt who doesn't even notice me, which is pretty funny.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1989
We've stuck to our own beliefs, we haven't cheated anyone, and we've done what we wanted.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1988
We always wanted to be different from the rest of the music business. It's too classic: You make a record, you make a video. We were the first to give the finger to the music industry in America.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
Right now we're in a great situation and a lot of people are opening up to Metallica at a rapid rate. But we can't sit back and look at it because it starts fucking you up.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1988
We're no different from them (fans). We see the world like other people. We don't live in mansions, and we're not hiding behind fences and making our own pretentious fantasy world with chicks and mountains of drugs. We live in the real world, and the real world's an ugly place.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1988
People can interpret the lyrics any way they want, and we're always careful to say in interviews that we're not trying to tell anybody what to think or how to feel about any particular subject. If there is one thing that we're trying to say, it's 'Be independent, don't listen to anyone-don't listen to US.'


THANKSanonymous
DATE1988
We try and come up with alternatives to clichés. Sex is not boring, but songs about it are.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1989
We've been a victim of rigid categories. A lot of the time, people approach Metallica with a bit of caution. Once they see us live or hear our records, they usually come around. But until then Metallica is one of these bands they hear about and go 'Hmmm...I dunno.' Our music has to be experienced before people make up their minds.


THANKSanonymous
DATE1989
A couple of years ago, I think we were concerned with trying to prove ourselves as musicians. Everyone was doing these solo trips-drum fills and bass solo runs and guitar things-which were fine for back then. But now it's much more about doing what's best for the song and for the group instead of everyone trying to steal the spotlight...


THANKSanonymous
DATE1989
I hope that Metallica will be remembered or looked upon as a band that cut through all the political and business bullshit. So then people will realize that it's possible to control yourself and gain a certain level of popularity without having to cater to anyone else's ideas or thoughts other than your own. If that's all that Metallica will ever stand for, then that's news enough.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
To go from one extreme to the other, with no boundaries. That's the best. That's what Metallica is all about.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
I think Japan's the most fun place to tour but only for a while, then it gets very claustrophobic. All the shows are at about 6:00 pm...we're offstage by 8:15 p.m., which is before we even go out in the States.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
We're very lucky that we have our own plane, which makes things a lot easier. I'm sure people understand we're not too comfortable in a bus after the accident.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
INFOOn Metallica's plane
It's nothing fancy. It's your basic nine-seat turbo prop, no jacuzzi in it or anything.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
We usually end up doing two hours and 10 minutes when we feel up to it and the vibe is good. But in some cities unions are really strict and it costs you extra.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
INFOOn the Free Philly Concert
It's (like) saying all ex-football players are potential wife killers. It's these stereotypes that you get stuck with.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
To this day, my dad...has still got longer hair than I do. He's got a longer beard than the guys in ZZ Top. He looks like Rasputin.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
INFOOn Jason leading the effort to turn Lars' garage into rehersal space
I came down to help out every day when I woke up, about 2 p.m.. James would come over and do whatever he could with his arm being broken, and Kirk was out doing his toy shopping!


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
INFOOn AJFA
How can I put it? If you've got a piece of meat, a steak or whatever, you remove the fat and the bits of meat you don't want, and what remains is a high quality steak. We did the same with the songs. The result was nine songs which in comparison to the old material are more compact, thought out, and mature.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
INFOOn the May 23, 24th, 1988 gigs at the Troubadour
It was fun! The place was about the size of my fuckin' bathroom. We once opened for Ratt there!


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
I think it's pretty easy to see that we're not buisnessmen disguised as musicians who put on wigs and pretend the music we're playing is so great. Then when the shows over, you're somebody else. That's not us.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
Everything we've done has always been on our own terms - I know, you read these magazines and every band says, 'We never compromise,' but in our case, it's true.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
INFOOn Marianne Faithful
It is the most seasoned voice I've ever heard. It has so many emotions, and they're all there; dramatic, sad, beautiful, sincere. That voice has lived - you can hear that.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
We formed this band when we were 18-19, we couldn't play...we were just like 'Let's get together and play some cover songs, drink some vodka'...A year and a half later we were touring the world, releasing records!


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
What's this all about? It's about music, it's not about anything else, it's not about having the coolest cover, or the coolest title, or about anything. It's just about music...


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
If you sit there and know that rule #1 is just that everything you do is honest and is just a natural and instinctual extension of yourself, then there you go.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
The whole way that me and James write songs together...that was very much shaped when Cliff was in the band, and was very much shaped around Cliff's musical input. The way he really taught us about harmonies and melodies and all that kind of stuff...his vibe is always with us, and he was certainly a big part of the whole way that we got our chops together in the early days, about our attitudes and our musical vibe and our everything.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
What's the message in Metallica? There is no message, but if there was a message, it really should be look within yourself, don't listen to me, don't listen to James, don't listen to anybody, look within yourself for the answers.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
Isn't that the whole integrity of this fuckin' band to do different shit? We've always tried to avoid following what everyone else is doing. It's a challenge to come up with things that are original. It's not easy, but that's part of the fun.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
We always miss Cliff, but he is kind of on the record (...And Justice For All.) The song


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
I know Cliff, more than anyone else in the band, would have been the first guy to give us a kick in the ass, and wouldn't want us to sit around. It's what he would have wanted us to do.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
If it feels good, do it.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
Metallica likes to live on the edge, but you can only push it so far.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
All through the '50's my dad had a jazz club in Denmark, and he had a band together, a fun thing like Metallica. He used to play all the time and then play tennis for real income.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
Being on tour is like living in a bubble, but we're people who like to care about what goes on around us.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
In 1973 I got dragged along to see Deep Purple. That was the turning point. I didn't know what was going on, but I saw Ritchie Blackmore throwing his guitar around and doing all these silly poses, and I was pretty impressed.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
We don't work by a clock, but I think it's safe to say 1990 will be a very low profile year for Metallica. The 'One' video proved to us that things we thought of as evil aren't as evil as we thought--as long as we do it our way.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
So much of a Metallica gig is being there and feeling the kick drum in your stomach. We want to make sure that can be transferred to a TV screen.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
You meet people in other bands who have a floating attitude and just cruise along all the time in whatever direction they're steered. That's fine for some people, but I think we're more aware of what's going on.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
I mean, who gives a shit if you're the 'in' thing. It's just satisfying to feel that we're reaching out and more and more people are opening up to us.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
INFOOn the AJFA tour
We've been on the road for ten months, since Monster of Rock started, and will be out at least another seven months. But I'm not burning out.


THANKSanonymous
DATEunknown
They closed most of them (hot tubs with Geisha girls) due to the spread of AIDS. It doesn't go on anymore.


THANKSLowLyric17@aol.com
DATEunknown
There's always the odd letter or comment like, 'If you don't play ten Metal Militia's on every album then it's not Metallica and it's not good.'


THANKSLowLyric17@aol.com
DATEunknown
INFOOn Harvester of Sorrow
Lyrically, this song is about someone who leads a very normal 9-5 type life, has a wife and three kids, and all of a sudden, one day, he just snaps and starts killing the people around him.


THANKSLowLyric17@aol.com
DATEunknown
I'd like to thank all the radio stations and MTV without whom...all this was possible anyway!


THANKSLowLyric17@aol.com
DATEunknown
INFOOn playing the Grammies for the first time
I think a lot of people probably thought there'd be satanic cross-burning and ritual sacrafice!


THANKSUnforgvn7@aol.com
DATEunknown
INFOOn Kirk
I remember the first time I heard Kirk. He had a feel that very few young players have-very rooted in European metal.


THANKSUnforgvn7@aol.com
DATEunknown
Human nature is strange.


THANKSUnforgvn7@aol.com
DATEunknown
We were writing Master of Puppets and driving around in his green Volkswagen to photo sessions. Cliff would just pound this Misfits stuff, drum on the dashboard, and make everybody fucking nuts. And Cliff wasn't the best driver to begin with.


THANKSMegara999@hotmail.com
DATE1996
Things are so deep and people are always trying to read shit into things that real simple. Some people try and tell you what the songs are about and it bores me to death.


THANKSMegara999@hotmail.com
DATE1996
Doing things the way you see it, going by your own heart and soul, that is pure artistic integrity. Whatever the hair is six or sixty inches long, the eyes have make-up or not, the riffs are in 'E' or 'F' sharp, the amps are Marshall or not, all those things don't matter if you are doing it for the right reason, which to me means doing it for yourself!!


THANKSMegara999@hotmail.com
DATEunknown
The day Metallica's over, i'm not going to put an ad looking for another band. I'll put my drumsticks on the shelf and there's 14 other things I wanna try. Metallica's the only band I've ever been and it's the only I ever wanna be in.


THANKSsaintktulu13@hotmal.com
DATEunknown
Sex isn't boring, but the song about sex is


THANKSMinusClover84@aol.com
DATE1991
INFOOn Kirk
Look! A guitarist who can only play guitar!


THANKSMinusClover84@aol.com
DATEunknown
INFOOn Jason's Departure
i remember when me and james came off stage after the vh1 performance. we had a moment together just me and him. we looked at each other and locked eyes and acknowleged that that was probably the last time we would ever play with jason


THANKSDHSDrama@aol.com
DATEunknown
I do also see things about the Internet being something that people I think taking for granted, that they're becoming so comfortable with it that the feel they have a right to any piece of information that comes to them through the Internet. The Internet is changing our perception about a lot of things, it's changing our perception about almost everthing around them in society.


THANKSbobby@snchnobby.bet
DATEunknown
INFOOn Stage idea in Cunning Stunts
The idea of the new stage came upon a drunkled.. drug induced babble at 6:00 in the morning.


THANKSlpm519@yahoo.com
DATE1986
Tell Kirk to call Dave Mustaine. He needs some lessons.





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