Metallica are set to return to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, this coming weekend, October 6 – 8, where in 2011, they held the west coast staging of their Big Four festival, alongside fellow thrash metal pioneers Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.
This weekend they’ll be in even more esteemed company, sharing headlining duties at the Power Trip festival with five metal and hard rock titans, Guns N’ Roses and Iron Maiden (Oct. 6), AC/DC and Judas Priest (Oct. 7) ,and Tool, with who they’ll share star billing on the weekend’s closing night.
In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, the drummer is asked about Metallica’s own longevity, with the interviewer referencing the fact that The Rolling Stones are set to put out a new record [Hackney Diamonds] this month.
“I think mentally we could do this for another 20 years,” the drummer replies. “It’s more about the shoulders and the necks and the throats and the fingers and the wrists – the physicality of it – whether we can just stay healthy. That is a bit of a crapshoot.”
Elaborating upon those relationships, Ulrich explains:
“We love all five of the other bands. I saw AC/DC back in Copenhagen in 1977 for the first time; we did a whole tour with them in Europe in 1991. I fell in love with Guns N’ Roses five seconds after I heard Mr. Brownstone for the first time on KNAC before the album [Appetite For Destruction] came out. We played shows with Iron Maiden in the ’80s. We played shows with Judas Priest. We played shows with Tool all over the place.
“Obviously, AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were huge influences,” he adds. “Those three bands are a significant part of the reason that we wanted to be in a band. So to get everybody together in the same space is a bit awe-inspiring.”