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No one wants Metallica at Glastonbury

on June 04, 2014, 12:00pm

Ever since it was announced last month that Metallica would be Glastonbury’s third and final headliner, it’s becoming more and more evident that no one actually wants them there.

Arctic Monkeys, who headlined the UK festival last year, and Mogwai, who are set to play this year, have both said some not-so-nice things about the legendary metal band. “I’m not sure it adds up,” Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner told Time Out London of Metallica’s booking. “I know we’d buzz off it, but fundamentally could you have Metallica in the hippy [sic] nucleus?”. Meanwhile, Mogwai referred to Metallica as “shite”, adding that drummer Lars Ulrich is “unbelievably bad.”

Now, a group of Glastonbury attendees have started a Facebook page encouraging the festival to remove Metallica from the lineup. Launched in response to frontman James Hetfield’s involvement in a forthcoming film about bear hunting, the page has already garnered over 15,000 members. “Metallica’s lead singer James Hetfield is a big game hunter and promoter. This is incompatible with Glastonbury Festivals ideals,” the page’s mission statement reads.

For its part, the festival has defended the booking. “There’s a huge swathe of people who love Metallica to bits and just think they’re absolutely amazing,” Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis said in a recent interview. “They’re worthy headliners!” Meanwhile, Ulrich joked that the band may need to start their set by covering Oasis’ “Wonderwall”, a reference to Jay Z’s infamous scoffing in 2008.


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June 30, 2014 at 6:59 am

All been shown up for the idiots you are now havnt you?. Brilliant, well done Metallica . Brilliant show , brilliant piss take of themselves and all you self serveing twats

June 4, 2014 at 11:10 pm

metallica wanted ther fans locked up back in the napster days FUCK METALLICA

June 5, 2014 at 11:55 am

FUCK NAPSTER. Napster is the reason starving musicians will never have a career unless they go on American Idol. Now a band can be nothing more than a hobby or your 2nd or 3rd job. Metallica wasn’t fighting for Metallica, they were fighting for every band after Metallica and after Napster who were going to be (and are now currently are) screwed by greedy people who think they deserve everything for free simply because they want what they want and they don’t care how they get it. I know one is supposed to die young and not give a shit if they are in a rock band but if you devote your entire existence to your art form there should be some sort of retirement plan so you don’t have to tour for the rest of your life. Being in a band is a lot more noble of a career than being a manager at Papa Johns but now few people have a choice. If Napster took down Wall Street or Washington that would have been something worth defending but all it did was starve more artist and force them to sell out and get real jobs working for “the man”. Napster is a corporation that used artists for its own selfish advantage. Yeah, Metallica got their start with tape trading when they were teenagers back in the 80′s but tape trading and the internet is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing a bullet. Metallica never opposed the technology, but they have always been control freaks who fight their label and yes even their own fans if they cross the line and hurt their precious metallic baby. Besides no real Metallica fan downloaded “I Disappear” from Napster and anyone who did should be locked up in the name of good taste.

June 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

I know, just because people were stealing people acted like that was a bad thing.

Damn-Deal-Done (@Damn_Deal_Done)
June 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Hey, moron. When you work years on writing your album and get it released. Please send me a free copy which I can post and let everyone have it for free. Not just music, anything you build or create, just give me it and I can make sure everyone gets a free copy. Enjoy not being able to feed your family. Moron!

Dollar Man
June 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Lars is the worst drummer ever and hunting is stupid, disgusting and barbaric. Metallica just need to go away for good.

June 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I love the fact Mettalica is playing Glastonbury. Mainly due to the fact I’m not going and never will.

Robbie C
June 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Funny, same thing happened at bonnaroo 2008, all of the hippies complained about Metallica and how nobody was going to watch them. Please, 60,000 filled that field on Friday night and Metallica kicked ass. A bunch of wankers just upset because none of the “Hey, Ho” bands are headlining.

June 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Well Said !!

June 5, 2014 at 5:41 am

Hear hear!


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