Speaking to MTV about their fellow headliners, Pizzorno suggests Metallica got their place on the bill after another act proved unavailable. “I think everyone was prepared for Prince,” he says. Meighan then adds: “I think they ran out of time for Prince. It’s quite a bold move Metallica – it’s a monster.”
However, Pizzorno is confident the band will deliver, comparing their appearance on the bill to that of Jay Z in 2008. “The thing is no-one’s really sure and usually that means something quite amazing will happen. Everyone was panicked about Jay Z and Beyoncé, but look what happened.”
Pizzorno concluded: “These boys, they’re clever, man. They’ve been doing it a long time and there’s a reason why they are who they are. I’m sure they’ll pull something out the bag.”
The first metal artists to headline Glastonbury in its 44-year history, Metallica headline the Worthy Farm festival on Saturday, June 28 with Arcade Fire the previous night and Kasabian starring on June 29.
The final tickets for Glastonbury 2014 sold out in 16 minutes following a resale on April 27. Tickets that were cancelled or not paid for in full were made available to the public to purchase and were duly snapped up in just over a quarter of an hour.