Lars Ulrich On Metallica’s Upcoming 40th Anniversary: “Hopefully We’re Just Getting Started”

During a recent chat with Rob Dietrich, the master distiller of Metallica’s Blackened American Whiskey, Lars Ulrich talked a bit about the band’s 40th anniversary, which they will be celebrating next year. The drummer said “it’s crazy” that they are about to hit such a milestone and that he hopes they are still “just getting started.”

Ulrich said the following:

“It always feels like we’re just getting started. Forty fucking years! Yeah, it’s crazy. We’re in 2020 here, so I guess next year is the 40th anniversary.

All those clichés about ‘age is just a state of mind,’ but there is definitely a part of me that still feels like all the best years are ahead of us. I guess that’s kind of how I have always thought.

I can’t spend a lot of time in the past, and I can’t spend a lot of time going down memory lanes. Obviously, when people like you and I are talking or if I’m doing interviews or whatever, I can hang in the past, but when I’m not doing that, I spend most of my time in the future — [focusing on] what’s ahead.

People go, ‘What’s your favorite METALLICA record?’ It’s, like, you know what? The next one is my favorite METALLICA record. So I always think ahead.

But, listen, it’s been an awesome ride so far. Forty years next year, and I’m just thankful for James [Hetfield], Kirk [Hammett] and Rob [Trujillo] and thankful for this incredible ride. And it feels like, I guess, in some peculiar way, that we’re getting closer and closer. I guess social media, the way that we connect with the fans nowadays, still touring all over the world, the spirit and the way we connect with the fans just feels more and more pure, more and more transparent and more and more honest. We just throw it all out there.

I love social media. I love the fact that you and I can sit here and do this. And to me, what rock and roll is is really just about connecting to other people.

When I think of the last three or four years and the ‘Hardwired[… To Self-Destruct]’ ride, it’s amazing how it feels like it’s getting more and more intense and more and more intimate — I guess, always working on trying to break down that barrier between the band and the fans and trying to make us all one. The indoor stage of the last couple of years, playing in the round, with the snakepit, and the shows we’ve played in the last few years outdoors, it just feels like we’re connecting at a more intimate level than we ever have before. So, like I said, hopefully we’re just getting started.”

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Metallica To Release Limited Edition “Batch 100” Blackened Whiskey Box Set

Metallica will be releasing a limited edition box set featuring “Batch 100” of their Blackened Whiskey. In addition to the whiskey, the set will also come with two 12-inch vinyl picture discs featuring the playlist used in the drink’s finishing process, the first edition of the Blackened Zine, and more. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Metallica commented:

“Like us, BLACKENED® American Whiskey started with 81. Now they’re bringing you a collectible, limited edition box set commemorating Batch 100 of their gold medal award-winning spirit.

Merging the worlds of whiskey and music, this box set contains two exclusive 12” vinyl picture discs featuring the Metallica playlist selected by Blackened’s Master Distiller & Blender, Rob Dietrich, and used during the sonic enhancement process of Batch 100.

This box is also the only place you can get the first issue of the Blackened Zine. Blackened’s take on an old school music zine features background on the collaboration between Metallica and Blackened’s Master Distillers, first the late Dave Pickerell and now Rob Dietrich; insight into the whiskey making process behind Blackened from flavor profiles to Blackened’s proprietary Black Noise “sonic enhancement” technology; a note from Lars Ulrich introducing Rob Dietrich’s playlist; track list featured on the Batch 100 playlist, with commentary from Rob Dietrich; and a Blackened cocktail recipe and tips from featured bartender Bad Birdy.

Finally, you’ll also receive Blackened accessories including a branded canvas tote, enamel pin, premium die cut sticker, and collectible guitar pick.

Batch 100 will only be available as part of this box set, which can be purchased online at BlackenedWhiskey.com. Supplies are limited. Must be 21 years or older.*

*For fans in regions where sale is prohibited, Metallica.com is hosting a contest for the collectible contents of the box set, excluding the whiskey. Click here to enter.”

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Metallica’s 2012 “Black Album” 20th Anniversary Show In Nickelsdorf, Austria

Earlier today (May 11), Metallica streamed the eighth show in their “Metallica Mondays” series. The latest one features the band’s June 10, 2012 set at Pannonia Fields II in Nickelsdorf, Austria, in which they performed their self-titled album (aka “The Black Album”) in full for its 20th anniversary.

Metallica To Aid Coronavirus-Related Charities During “Month Of Giving”

Metallica will be aiding various coronavirus-related charities with a “Month Of Giving.” Every Tuesday in May, the band will be spotlighting different organizations that they will be supporting through their All Within My Hands foundation.

The band commented:

“In more typical times, we would be hosting our All Within My Hands Day of Service at local food banks across the country this month, but this year is different. Inspired by #GivingTuesdayNow, we decided to make May our Month of Giving, to do our part in meeting the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Rather than focusing on one campaign this year, every Tuesday throughout May we will spotlight a different organization we are supporting through our AWMH grants for COVID-19 relief. Each week we will share with you what these organizations do and show you how you can chip in. The Metallica Store will also feature select “Month of Giving” products and donate proceeds to our partner organizations throughout the entire month of May.

Week one kicks off with Feeding America. AWMH reached out to our partner food banks across the United States and asked them what, in their own words, they need most at each location.

Stay tuned to AllWithinMyHands.org for updates on how you can continue to join us throughout this #MonthOfGiving.”