September 15, 2011 20:59

Metallica's Lars Ulrich: 'Our rivalry with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax was sandbox stuff'

Drummer says metal's 'Big 4' have 'grown up'

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich has spoken of the band's past rivalry with Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer - but has said metal's so-called 'Big 4' have now grown up and got "out of the sandbox".

The drummer explained that "a lot of things have changed" since the quartet went head to head in the 1980s and 1990s and that rivalries are now more likely to occur inside Metallica than outside.

He told Rolling Stone:

When you get out of the sandbox and grow up, you stop worrying so much about what everyone else is doing. To me, the competition is now internal. That's the biggest difference from twenty years ago.

Slayer guitarist Kerry King commented that the 'Big 4' had always been "friendly rivals" over the years, adding:

I'd always want to get Metallica's record as soon as it hit, Megadeth's record, Anthrax's record, to see what they were doing.

The bands were speaking after yesterday's (September 14) Big 4 gig at New York's Yankee Stadium.

They also played together at Sonisphere in the UK and dates around Europe earlier this year - scroll down and click below to watch NME's interview with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo about how the 'Big 4' tour was pulled together.

Meanwhile, Metallica and Lou Reed's collaborative album 'Lulu' is due to be released next month (October 31). Guitarist Kirk Hammett and frontman James Hetfield have revealed that the former Velvet Underground made them cry during the making of the record.

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