Lars Ulrich is born in good spirit.
When the 166 centimeter little out loud speedsnakker on its peculiar Brigitte Stallone-English on the phone from New York, so it can easily wonder, then, that there has been more than eight years without Metallica has released a real album.
But ’Hardwired... two Self-Destruct’ is published at last 18. november, and the 52-year-old back behind the metallegendernes drums sounds still enthusiastically as a teenager, releasing his debut.
Denmark's by far largest musikstjerne also seems to be sincerely excited at the idea of presenting some of the new tracks live on his home turf, when Metallica opens milliardbyggeriet Royal Arena in Copenhagen with concerts 3. and 5. February.
- When you have experienced everything you have experienced with Metallica, so one can get worked up over to dedicate a arena in Copenhagen?
- Yes, it can be determined. We go around like little excited children for christmas. We said yes immediately, as we were asked. As a band we have over the years had a brilliant and deep compared to Copenhagen and rest of Denmark.
- We have appeared in the K. B. Hall, the Forum, Falconer Salen and Saga and recorded two records in Copenhagen. At a time in the 1990s, Denmark was the country in the world where we sold the most plates per capita. For over 30 years Metallica and Denmark has been closely ’connected’.
Close to Copenhagen's new Coliseum
- Have you followed the building of the arena?
- I have seen it on the way to the airport the later years, when I have been in Copenhagen, and I have seen drawings of the arena. It looks very impressive.
- In played five concerts at the Forum in 2009. We need a new arena, don't you think?
- There is a little bit low ceiling in there, and it was a bit of a problem with sceneopsætningen. But it was intimate, and there was a special ’vibe’ in there. The eastern part of Denmark has just missed an arena in the world. They have the new arenas in both Malmö, Stockholm, Oslo, Hamburg and Herning. Incidentally, it is the fat, to the Royal Arena is relatively close to the city center.
Lars Ulrich in action for Metallica during the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday. Photo: AP
- It will be great to open it. Recently, we opened, in fact, also a stadium in Minneapolis, and last year, we were the first band on stage in an arena in Quebec. So, if there is any, that have one or another edifice, which will be dedicated, then they should just call us!
- I know of one that just has been finished with a kolonihavehus...
- Ok, well, then we play in the backyard. Just there are sausages on the grill! Cool enough.
- play a Friday and Sunday in the arena. Is it too hard to play two days in a row, when you have reached 50?
- I will probably flip it, and say that, at least, get better gigs out of it. We will be playing in central America in the coming months, and we have actually asked our managers, that we play ’one in a row’ instead of two in a row, as we usually. Now we take just one day off before it goes loose again.
- We play, after all, still two to two and a half hours. It does not get easier with age, for there is still speed on. One thing is to be able to play ’Fight Fire with Fire’ or ’Master of Puppets’ when you are 70, but another thing is to be able to play them, as they should be played. There has to be nerve and heaviness in it. And it is demanding.
- How would you describe your new album in three words?
" Oh, new Metallica music! It is hard. The plate was finished a few days ago, so I can't really see it from the outside yet. But it definitely sounds like Metallica. And I am sure that there are speed. If you need to be more specific, then I would think it is more groove-oriented. The most recent was more progressive. The new one is more relaxed and ’straight’. And you can damn wiggle with the hips for it, ha ha!
There was a year between your first two plates. There is gone over eight years this time. What happens?
- Yes, The Beatles, released in fact, all their plates in a shorter time! But it is simply a different world now. And we have played a lot of concerts, we made a record with Lou Reed, and so we spent two years on our film. We are not just and pills the nose in San Francisco.
- you Can actually vote for the us elections?
- No, I'm hundred percent a Danish citizen. I'm actually stemmeløs. It is a little halvkomisk. I pay taxes in the UNITED states, but I can't vote.
- Moves you home, if Trump wins the election?
- Yes, I am as in every case, and think of occasionally. I hold in my Danish passport in the event of happening one or another uberegneligt over here. If it's all colliding, so I come enough to stand out in the airport and ask if I may come in again.
Metallica - the quartet has sold more than 110 million records worldwide. Photo credit: Universal
- How are the Metallica of the time? Can keep each other out?
- Yes, we have it really good. We have made a good plate and is ready to share music with the world. We have learned, how much we can push to each other, and when we don't need to push more. We have been good at listening to each other. There is no cow on the ice.
- In has almost become your own genre. Do you feel it also?
- Yes, I must say. We have actually always had it. Maybe not exactly our own genre, but we have always felt very independent. We have lived in our own world. In our own universe.
- We were never a part of it, which took place in LA. We were not a part of it, which took place in Seattle. Then came Korn and Limp Bizkit. We were also not a part of. We have the financial independence, which means that we don't need to play ’the game’. We can do, as it suits us.
- How many plates have In the back of you?
- If there come only every eight years, so it becomes the not to many! But I think we at least have a few. But we take it quietly. And now we have two-three years of concerts in front of us. If the arms, the knees and nakkerne holds, then there are hopefully quite a few years back.
Lars Ulrich with his american wife, Jessica Miller, at the Grammy show in 2014. Photo: AP