Michael Eavis says Metallica ‘ring every year’ and ask to play Glastonbury

"They're so polite about it," added the festival founder

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has said that Metallica “ring every year” and ask to play the festival.

Speaking to the The Guardian, Eavis added that the hard rock band are always “so polite about it”. Explaining that he will be watching them play when they headline the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night (June 28), he said: “I have to see what Metallica do. Metallica have been trying to play for so long – they ring every year, and they’re so polite about it. “We’d love to be there, we’re getting older, can we play it now?” That sort of thing. The least I can do is to watch them.”

Meanwhile, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has revealed to NME that he thought the band had already played Glastonbury, having confused a gig in Ireland with the Worthy Farm festival. Hammett reveals his memory lapse in a new interview with NME, which is on newsstands and available digitally from tomorrow (June 25).

“It’s entertaining to watch the media circus fret over our little band,” he says. “I’ve just been kicking back and enjoying it, because frankly, between you, me and all the readers of NME – I thought we already played Glastonbury!” Elaborating, Hammett adds: “I thought we did it with System Of A Down back in 2004 or something. I mistook it for a gig we played in Ireland. But when the initial offer came, I said to our management, ‘Glastonbury, we’ve played it before!'”

The band will headline Glastonbury Festival this Saturday but responses to the booking have been mixed, with Park Stage headliners Mogwai describing them as being “unbelievably bad”. Metallica will be joined at Glastonbury by fellow headline acts Arcade Fire and Kasabian.

Other artists to pass comment on this year’s Saturday night headliners at Worthy Farm include Arctic Monkeys, Mick Jagger, Kasabian and Johnny Marr.