Metallica performed a mix of new and classic tracks during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM on Monday, and official video from the program is available.
On hand to promote the November 18 release of their new album, “Hardwired…To Self Destruct”, the group performed the project’s lead single, “Hardwired”, alongside the title track to 1986’s “Master Of Puppets” and “Sad But True” from 1991’s self-titled “Black” album.
"There's no shortage of ideas," bassist Robert Trujillo told Stern about the new record. "Our thing is that there's too many ideas … it's a blessing and a curse."
Frontman James Hetfield says that resting on their history just isn’t in the cards for Metallica.
"You don't retire as an artist. You just keep doing what you do," explained Hetfeild. "We know that route, where you don't make any more albums and you kind of just end up on the fairs playing your hits. That is an option but we don't want that option right now."
Despite selling more than 100 million albums worldwide, drummer Lars Ulrich maintains the group just doesn’t fit into the mainstream.
"All of us, in ways, have always felt kind of like outsiders," he told Stern. "I still feel like we always hover on the outer fringes, that we're never a part of the establishment."
Metallica will perform a pair of acoustic sets at Neil Young’s 30th anniversary Bridge School Benefit Concert in late October before officially launching the first leg of the Hardwired world tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 26.
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