Legendary band Metallica members have focused mostly on positivity over a couple of decades or so. One of them even apologized to Kip Winger for that one scene in the “Nothing Else Matters” video. Metallica might be the biggest band in heavy music, but even they have peers that they look up to.
Apart from that, they’ve been very open about the bands that they love. But while praising the likes of The Sword (which, unfortunately, disbanded not that long ago), it did come as a bit of a surprise when Lars Ulrich recently said that Metallica are looking up to U2.
Metallica have looked up to U2
Recently, Lars appeared on Bill Maher’s Club Random podcast where he mentioned what Bono and co. really mean to them. The compliment came up as Ulrich and Maher were discussing the relationship dynamic within most acts. Maher went on to note that most are on the verge of splitting at any given time. That’s when Ulrich singled out U2 as one of the bands that famously got along well and has the dynamic that they and most bands would hope to strive for.
He said (via Loudwire):
“U2, I think if we were sitting here with a couple of guys from the Chili Peppers and a couple of guys from Muse and a couple of guys from other bands that are still getting on, we would all agree on one thing, which is that U2 is the ideal of being in a band that we all look up to because of the way they function, but they all more or less grew up on the same street and went to the same schools. And they’ve all known each other and they have the same DNA running through their bodies.”
He also added:
“It’s also not true of a lot of bands, including the one you’re sitting here talking to a member of. I grew up in a very liberal artsy upbringing Copenhagen, Denmark. James Hetfield grew up in pretty much the opposite any of those words here in southern California in Fullerton. Do you know what I mean? Kirk Hammett grew up in the Mission district, also in a very liberal sort of post hippie upbringing.
“So I’m just saying U2 is sort of the pinnacle of what we all aspire to because of the fact that they can still function to the way that they do. But you brought up the Eagles, I mean there are more versions of the Eagles and everybody else, the Crosby Stills Nash and Youngs of the world, that just can’t do this and it’s easier for all of them to go and do the solo artist stuff.”
Further explaining his admiration of U2, Lars added:
“Who are the guys that are going to steer? And so if you can get through that phase where you take turns steering, and leading that you don’t mind taking a back seat and have enough trust and enough respect for your partner to know, if you lead on this song, if you lead on this record, or if you lead with this lyric, or whatever, I can hover back and then we take turns and you can balance it. You have a much higher chance of getting through it.
“It really is ego. I mean all great rock and roll bands are fronted by people with massive egos, or else you couldn’t do it. So that’s both a strength, what makes it a worldwide phenomena, and also what nine out of ten times makes it falter, is that those egos clash.”