Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: ‘Headlining Glastonbury is a no-brainer’

Drummer reassures festivalgoers: 'We'll put something suitable together'

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band instantly accepted the offer to headline Glastonbury, admitting the decision was “a no-brainer”.

Metallica were named as the third headliner for Glastonbury earlier this evening (May 8), joining Friday’s headliners Arcade Fire and Sunday’s bill-toppers Kasabian, both of whom had been previously announced. It was also announced that the Other Stage headliners will be Skrillex, Jake Bugg and Massive Attack.

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“To be honest with you, we didn’t sit around and have a big conversation when the call came,” said Ulrich, speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. “In Metallica we have a saying called a ‘no-brainer’. Headlining Glastonbury is a no-brainer. We didn’t need to sit around thinking about the pros and cons.”

Metalllica are the first metal band to headline Glastonbury in its 44-year history, and fans’ reactions have been mixed. But Ulrich said: “Trust your friendly neighbourhood Metallica, we’ll put something suitable together.” He added: “It’s great that, 32 years into our career, we’re still able to knock down doors – doors we didn’t think were open to us.”

The band are working on their first album since 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’. Ulrich refused to be drawn on the details, saying “I don’t know” when asked who is producing the album.

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