wasn't surprised that Jason Newsted quit Metallica. Just two months
earlier, I'd spent a day with each of the four, and I've never seen
a band so quarrelsome and fractious. Most of the barbs were cloaked
in humor -- Newsted mocked Hetfield's singing, Hetfield mocked
Ulrich's drumming, and Ulrich, whom I interviewed last, responded to
several of Hetfield's quotes with scorn.
genuine tension was evident in these interviews -- the last ever to
be conducted with this Metallica lineup -- because they shared one
trait: Each talked about his need for solitude. Paradoxically, this
is a band of loners, and the conflict between unity and
individuality was pretty clear."
Aside from his natural garrulousness, why did Lars become the band's
spokesman against Napster?
My wife and I were giving birth to a second child [son Castor, born
May 2000]. And family is number one. So Lars had to run with the
torch, and there were a few bad moves. You know, Lars can get really
mouthy and be a snotty-nosed kid at times. I cringed at certain
interviews: "Oh dude, don't say that."
I said some things that were borderline silly. When Limp Bizkit
embraced Napster and took $2 million to play this "free
tour" -- it is possible to play free shows without taking
sponsorship money, because we do that -- I said it was total
bullshit. I know a lot of people hate Fred Durst, but I think he's
really fucking talented. Me and Fred kissed and made up. When I open
my mouth, most of the time something somewhat eloquent comes out,
and once in a while I talk a bunch of fucking bullshit. I'm aware of
What sort of things did the fans say to your face?