Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Metallica drummer looking forward to Orion Music + More 2013

This week, Metallica announced the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, which will be held at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI on June 8 and 9.

Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones and Bassnectar.

Now, in a new interview with Revolver, drummer Lars Ulrich shares some insight into this year’s event, including which acts he’s looking forward to seeing.

“I saw the Chili Peppers in San Francisco about six months ago,” says Lars. “They’re on a roll at the moment. They’re better than they’ve ever been. I was completely blown away for two hours. We did a run with the Deftones in 2003 on our Summer Sanitarium Tour, which was really cool. Those guys are always good. Dropkick Murphys, those guys are so much fun and have so much energy. [Laughs] There’s such a positive vibe in what they do. Bringing in the 2013 incarnation of Black Flag, minus the “Black,” is obviously going to be pretty fun. My 14-year-old has turned me on to Japandroids, and I’ve heard some of their stuff, which is pretty amazing. I’ve become kind of a late fan of Fu Manchu. My girl actually turned me on to them a little while ago, so I’m a brand new fan of theirs. I’m glad that they’re with us. You know, [proto-punk band] Death. [Laughs] We’ll have Death come out and do their thing in Detroit again! And the Dillinger Escape boys. Lots of different stuff.”

Ulrich was asked if the band would be playing any of their classic albums at Orion 2013.

“If I was a betting man, which I’m not, I would probably not put too much money on that,” he said. “I think you’ve got to be careful that it doesn’t become something that people expect from you every year, especially when you only put records out every five years like we do. We’ll run out of records to play at some point pretty quick.”

“But I think, listen,” Ulrich continued, “We’ve played Puppets [in 2006], we’ve played Lightning, and we’ve played the ‘Black Album.’ I think it’s something that we’ll keep doing throughout Metallica’s next decade or so, but I don’t know if we’re going to do it at this year’s Orion Festival. Obviously there’s an anniversary there. People say, “Oh, it’s the 30th anniversary of Kill ’Em All.” But we haven’t made a firm decision on that. I don’t want to become predictable.”

For more information on Orion 2013, click here.

Check out the full Revolver interview with Lars here.

Metallica are currently headlining the Soundwave festival in Australia.

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