Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band have pre-recorded a series of Apple Music shows for the popular radio station.
In the new Beats 1 shows, Ulrich has assumed the role of interviewer as he grills fellow bandmates vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo.
Confident the shows are a scintillating listen, Ulrich confessed: “I listened to Kirk’s episode yesterday, and it’s definitely unlike anything that Metallica fans have ever heard.”
“Each of them [his Metallica bandmates] put together a playlist that reflects certain elements of their past,” Ulrich continued. “Stuff from back in the day and stuff that helped shape who they are musically.”
As reported on uDiscover, Ulrich previously took to the airwaves to host Beats 1 show ‘It’s Electric!’ during May 2017. Of these forthcoming Metallica specials, he confessed his confidence is rooted in his own experience of interviewing his bandmates. The band member himself says he even “learned a lot” from the process.
Recorded during Metallica’s WorldWired tour, one hour has been dedicated to each member of the band. Kirk Hammett’s episode airs Sunday July 30, with Trujillo’s airing on August 6 and Hetfield’s on August 13th.
Ulrich particularly enjoyed learning about guitarist Hammett’s musical influences.
He told Rolling Stone: ‘He has a very analytical mind about music. His cast the net very wide with his playlist, so it goes from Iron Maiden to The Beatles to John Coltrane to Radiohead.
“I’m not gonna bulls**t you. We don’t sit around and necessarily have conversations about John Coltrane on a day-to-day basis. So it’s fun for me to reconnect with all the fellas again.”
Metallica’s WorldWired tour continues in North America during August, with the dates including a huge show at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on 12 August with Queens Of The Stone Age. The band then head for Europe, where their extensive, 37-date tour kicks off with a show at the Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 September. Their itinerary also includes two shows at London’s 02 Arena on 22 and 24 October.