Sunday, June 29, 2014

Metallica release Glastonbury introduction video directed by Julien Temple

Metallica became the first metal band to headline the UK’s prestigious Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, and the group are sharing the specially-prepared, Julien Temple-directed film that brought them on stage at the event.

The band made major headlines since being added to the 2014 bill, facing criticism that they don’t fit with the spirit and image of the weekend festival, and taking heat for James Hetfield’s involvement as the narrator of “The Hunt”, a new series about bear hunting in Alaska that debuted on The History Channel earlier this month.

“We have been going for so long that people don't expect us to put on a heavy metal band," Glastonbury promoter Michael Eavis told the BBC. "We had Rage Against The Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past but this is not a typical headline. We usually have bands like Radiohead, Coldplay and U2, the Rolling Stones, but I am really looking forward to them."

"There's no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play,” he added, “they will do the best set of their lives here."

Other headline acts at this year's festival, which is held on Eavis' Somerset farm from June 25-29, include Arcade Fire and Kasabian.

Launched in 1970, Glastonbury is one of the longest-running festivals in the UK.

See also:

VIDEO: Metallica perform Master Of Puppets at Germany’s Rock Am Ring
VIDEO: Metallica perform Creeping Death at Germany’s Rock Im Park
Glastonbury Festival promoter defends Metallica headline booking
Metallica release Hamburg concert footage
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