Metallica on Glastonbury criticism: 'There's a point that it just becomes ridiculous' – watch

The band will be headlining the festival later the month and Lars Ulrich has called some of the criticism 'ridiculous'

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Metallica have defended their upcoming Glastonbury performance, with drummer Lars Ulrich saying there's a point where the criticism directed at them "becomes ridiculous."

The most recent band to criticise Metallica over their upcoming show is Mogwai who dismissed them as being "unbelievably bad". The Scottish band will headline The Park Stage at Glastonbury on the same night (Saturday) Metallica perform on the Pyramid Stage.

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Earlier this week, a petition to ban Metallica from Glastonbury Festival was created following the news that frontman James Hetfield will narrate a television series about bear hunters. This has led to the creation of the 'Remove Metallica from Glastonbury Festival for their Support of Bear Hunting' Facebook page.

"Glastonbury is like the Holy Grail in England and we're respectful to that," Ulrich told Metal Hammer, "but when somebody sits there and talks about petitions or what some other guy says, there's a point that it just becomes ridiculous. We're fairly thick-skinned and turn a blind eye to it or whatever, but if Mick Jagger, or Alex Turner, or the very nice guys in Kasabian who I love, it's cool. But at some point, when there's some guy in some other band...it's like 'Huh? What? Who are you?'"

He continued: "We're definitely on a roll. We're warmed up, loosened up and fit for a fight. We're ready to go."

Metallica will headline Glastonbury on the Saturday night of the festival. Their fellow headline acts are Arcade Fire and Kasabian. Glastonbury takes place between June 26-28.

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