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    • (After playing the song ...And justice For All live)
      Kirk Hammet: We're never playing that fucking song ever again!

    • Metallica: Yes, we do sell out, every single time, everywhere we play.

    • Metallica: It's cool, having the control, the last word. It's very comfortable. We've always watched ourselves as far as keeping in shape. We base our whole day around the shows 'cause we want it to be as good as possible.

    • Metallica: Metallica is going to be one of the bands you look back on in the year 2008, that people will still listen to the way I still listen to Zeppelin and Sabbath albums.

    • Metallica: James Hetfield especially is really a genius when it comes to writing. It really amazes me sometimes. He can come up with the heaviest, chunking riffs, and then turn around and do something so pretty it makes you tingle. These guys are all the upper sect of classy musicians.

    • (According to Jason)
      Metallica: I'm still a big Metallica fan. I've gotta say that Metallica are the hardest working, most dedicated and determined band around. As an outsider I thought so, and now I'm an insider, I think the same thing.

    • (According to Kirk)
      Metallica: My affiliation with Metallica began the time Exodus played with Metallica. I talked to Lars and James briefly, in passing. They were planning to go to New York to hook up with Johnny Z and do their first album. They had been having problems with Dave, and they were looking for someone who was more a melodic, controlled player. Our soundman played them some tapes of Exodus live, and they liked what they heard. They gave me call in April 1983 and asked me if I wanted to join Metallica. I thought it was an April Fools' joke, but I said 'sure' anyway.

    • Metallica: We're the underdogs. We haven't had a Top 10 hit, and we look like a bunch of bums out there. Amidst all this glam and this huge production, we're going to stick out. But that's what we're here for--and that's what put us here in the first place.

    • Metallica: Whichever way you go, someone is going to tell you you're wrong. Our point is that you should just go with your heart and just play what you want to play and not listen to what's fashionable or what's trendy at the moment.

    • (On Blues Musicians)
      Metallica: B.B King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy - these are guys who did it when there wasn't even much of a living they could make out of it. I have a tremendous respect for them sticking in there and hanging onto it, and it finally paying off in their later years, thank God.

    • (On the fans who don't like Met's current direction)
      Metallica: Maybe they're just not very evolved musically. Maybe they're just not musically mature in the way they hear things.

    • Metallica: There's a lot of nonmusical things that demand our attention right now, like family being the number one thing, having a life outside the band, you know? Having enough private time that isn't consumed by the band.

    • Metallica: One thing that constantly pisses us off is what's happening with the environment nowadays. We're an environmentalist, though we think we probably create more than our share of noise pollution every time we play.

    • Metallica: There are actually quite a few bands not necessarily in our genre, that reflect what's going on nowadays. Public Enemy, N.W.A.-two rap bands I can think of that are the best examples-their lyrics are so heavy! Bands like them or us are simply a reflection of the times, a statement on our world. It's an ugly place and the sad thing is that the world doesn't seem to get any better as the years go by.

    • Metallica: We're doing this for ourselves. If we write an album, it would be something we'd be satisfied with. We don't come up with something for the kids to like and put our demands on the back burner because our last album was so good we have to make a carbon copy of it. That was the furthest thing from our minds.

    • Metallica: It's so strange and completely needless that so many people become caught up with the whole idea of selling image rather than accepting people for who and what they really are.

    • Metallica: There was this incident when we were in New York and a friend of ours sent me us whole case full of liquor. So we celebrated its arrival and were there drinking it until four in the morning, then went to visit Jason...He sleeps with earplugs on and didn't hear us knocking, so what we did was call the doorman and said, 'Hey man, our friend's in there choking on his puke! We have to get in there!'....We kicked the door in...turned the bed over on Jason, sprayed shaving cream everywhere, threw his money all over and took his blaster...He didn't say anything. It was really funny.

    • Metallica: In Denmark while recording Master Of Puppets, we hung out a lot. We'd all go out and play poker for 8 hours straight after being up for 24 hours. We'd find a seafood restaurant that was open, eat raw oysters and drink beer, scream at the natives while we were drunk....

    • Metallica: We used to sleep four to a room. I had to share a bed with Lars, he used to take all the blankets. I would never sleep with Cliff, because he had really pointy elbows. Really bony. Actually no one snores much. We drool a lot.

      (said by Kirk)

    • Metallica: Doing things the way you see it, going by your own heart and soul, that is pure artistic integrity. Whatever the hair is six or sixty inches long, the eyes have make-up or not, the riffs are in 'E' or 'F' sharp, the amps are Marshall or not, all those things don't matter if you are doing it for the right reason, which to me means doing it for yourself!!

    • Metallica: The whole way that we all write songs together...that was very much shaped when Cliff was in the band, and was very much shaped around Cliff's musical input. The way he really taught us about harmonies and melodies and all that kind of stuff...his vibe is always with us, and he was certainly a big part of the whole way that we got our chops together in the early days, about our attitudes and our musical vibe and our everything.

    • Metallica: We formed this band when we were 18-19, we couldn't play...we were just like 'Let's get together and play some cover songs, drink some vodka'...A year and a half later we were touring the world, releasing records.

    • Metallica: Things are so deep and people are always trying to read shit into things that real simple. Some people try and tell you what the songs are about and it bores me to death.

    • (In reference to playing the Grammies for the first time.)

      Metallica: I think a lot of people probably thought there'd be satanic cross-burning and ritual sacrafice!

    • (In reference to Harvester of Sorrow)

      Metallica: Lyrically, this song is about someone who leads a very normal 9-5 type life, has a wife and three kids, and all of a sudden, one day, he just snaps and starts killing the people around him.

    • Metallica: There's always the odd letter or comment like, 'If you don't play ten Metal Militia's on every album then it's not Metallica and it's not good.

    • Metallica: We don't work by a clock, but I think it's safe to say 1990 will be a very low profile year for Metallica. The 'One' video proved to us that things we thought of as evil aren't as evil as we thought--as long as we do it our way.

    • Metallica: Isn't that the whole integrity of this fuckin' band to do different shit? We've always tried to avoid following what everyone else is doing. It's a challenge to come up with things that are original. It's not easy, but that's part of the fun.

    • Metallica: What's the message in Metallica? There is no message, but if there was a message, it really should be look within yourself, don't listen to me, don't listen to James, don't listen to anybody, look within yourself for the answers.

    • Metallica: The whole way that me and James write songs together...that was very much shaped when Cliff was in the band, and was very much shaped around Cliff's musical input. The way he really taught us about harmonies and melodies and all that kind of stuff...his vibe is always with us, and he was certainly a big part of the whole way that we got our chops together in the early days, about our attitudes and our musical vibe and our everything.

    • Metallica: We think it's pretty easy to see that we're not buisnessmen disguised as musicians who put on wigs and pretend the music we're playing is so great. Then when the shows over, you're somebody else. That's not us.

    • Metallica: How can I put it? If you've got a piece of meat, a steak or whatever, you remove the fat and the bits of meat you don't want, and what remains is a high quality steak. We did the same with the songs. The result was nine songs which in comparison to the old material are more compact, thought out, and mature.

    • Metallica: (In reference to Metallica's plane)
      It's nothing fancy. It's your basic nine-seat turbo prop, no jacuzzi in it or anything.

    • Metallica: We're very lucky that we have our own plane, which makes things a lot easier. I'm sure people understand we're not too comfortable in a bus after the accident.

      (refering to the loss of Cliff due to the bus accident)

    • Metallica: We think Japan's the most fun place to tour but only for a while, then it gets very claustrophobic. All the shows are at about 6:00 pm...we're offstage by 8:15 p.m., which is before we even go out in the States.

    • Metallica: We hope that Metallica will be remembered or looked upon as a band that cut through all the political and business bullshit. So then people will realize that it's possible to control yourself and gain a certain level of popularity without having to cater to anyone else's ideas or thoughts other than your own. If that's all that Metallica will ever stand for, then that's news enough.

    • Metallica: A couple of years ago, We were concerned with trying to prove ourselves as musicians. Everyone was doing these solo trips-drum fills and bass solo runs and guitar things-which were fine for back then. But now it's much more about doing what's best for the song and for the group instead of everyone trying to steal the spotlight.

    • Metallica: We've been a victim of rigid categories. A lot of the time, people approach Metallica with a bit of caution. Once they see us live or hear our records, they usually come around. But until then Metallica is one of these bands they hear about and go 'Hmmm...I dunno.' Our music has to be experienced before people make up their minds.

    • Metallica: People can interpret the lyrics any way they want, and we're always careful to say in interviews that we're not trying to tell anybody what to think or how to feel about any particular subject. If there is one thing that we're trying to say, it's 'Be independent, don't listen to anyone-don't listen to US

    • Metallica: We're no different from them (fans). We see the world like other people. We don't live in mansions, and we're not hiding behind fences and making our own pretentious fantasy world with chicks and mountains of drugs. We live in the real world, and the real world's an ugly place.

    • Metallica: Right now we're in a great situation and a lot of people are opening up to Metallica at a rapid rate. But we can't sit back and look at it because it starts fucking you up.

    • Metallica: We always wanted to be different from the rest of the music business. It's too classic: You make a record, you make a video. We were the first to give the finger to the music industry in America.

    • Metallica: It's too easy to say something like 'Yeah, we don't care if the album doesn't sell one copy or 10,000 or 10 million.' Anyone who tells you that-deep down, they're not telling the truth. But at the end of the day, the thing that matters is that you make a record that's completely yours from beginning to end-with no sacrifices, no compromises, no corners cut.

    • Metallica: We know certain groups out there figure, 'These are the current trends-how do we milk the market for the most we can get at the moment?' I think the music business nowadays is becoming such a fake thing; there's much more emphasis on business than music.

    • Metallica: We've always known that there's been a need or a want for a band like us. We've fought back and broken through all the bullshit of the business, and now it's great to be able to say 'Fuck off' to the whole business, and 'We did it our way' and blah blah blah. We've always had our own way of doing things...

    • Metallica: Well, without getting really political, I think there have always been people who have been afraid of music and its potential for, I guess, social breakouts, or whatever you want to call it. You know, young kids are looking for something to grasp onto, whatever it may be. When you're that age, there's a lot of that feeling of needing to belong, whether it's wearing black lipstick and cutting the ass out of your pants, or whatever -- people are looking for things to grasp onto.

    • (In reference to styles of music)

      Metallica: We do have many styles of music, its called Metallica.

    • Metallica: Lars was always nervous on stage, so he'd play faster and faster. Nobody wanted to wimp out and tell him that he was playing too fast. We just figured, 'Hell, we'll just play faster too.'
      (on some of their concerts)

    • (Rememberimg the first time we ever got an encore).

      Metallica: It was a Monday night at two in the morning at the Troubadour and there was about ten people there but they were clapping and we came back for the encore. We were deciding on what song we were going to play and Lars starts up a different song! He just decided he wanted to play. And we hadn't practiced that song for like three months. I had forgot all the lyrics, but I went through the motions. And after the gig, I just turned right around and punched him out onstage! "You fucker!" I shouted. Got him in the gut. And people were going 'huh.

    • Metallica: You know, it's not as different as I thought, which is kind of disappointing. But it's fine. Everyone said, 'Oh, your life is going to be totally different,' and it's the same. Which is good, in a way.
      We discovered how much money influences certain things and discovered how things work in the United States. How things might seem okay on the outside, but internally, they're corrupt.

      (James opinion on married life)

    • Metallica: We can do whatever the fuck we want, really. We've got carte blanche. When we did 'Fade to Black', that was our first ballad and it really blew a few minds out there. People wrote us off then; 'Fuck them! It's over. It's no longer speed metal.' Okay, fine. You can feel that way. But fuck you, too.

    • Metallica: This shit (AIDS) scares us. You know, one time and you're dead! Touring is the dangerous part. A lot of bands are going to be in trouble the way they carry on. (James added) I mean, we've been pretty bad, but on the last tour, no way! It was kinda, 'Screw that!' Some of the roadies are pretty sick, as far as wearing rubbers or whatever. I don't know. I've never done that before...ha ha ha...and that's only MAYBE safe. It's very unhappening, this whole thing.

    • Metallica: We sit there and we go 'Oh God, what am we gonna write?' and all of a sudden, it happens. The first line's down and all hell flows after that.

    • Metallica: We do this basically for ourselves. People appreciate it, which is cool, but I think they appreciate that we're doing it for ourselves. We're doing it our way, and how people like it is not up to us. We like it.

      (regarding their concerts and music playing)

    • (regarding their shows in LA and SF)

      Metallica: People were throwing shoes at us in SF and LA. I don't know why. It's like 'You guys are great. Here's my shoe.' People must have been walking around with one shoe.

    • Metallica: Sometimes we'll be walking around in our ponytails or beard and walk right by someone with a Metallica T-shirt who doesn't even notice me, which is pretty funny.

    • Metallica: We know certain groups out there figure, 'These are the current trends-how do we milk the market for the most we can get at the moment?' I think the music business nowadays is becoming such a fake thing; there's much more emphasis on business than music.

    • Metallica: It's too easy to say something like 'Yeah, we don't care if the album doesn't sell one copy or 10,000 or 10 million.' Anyone who tells you that-deep down, they're not telling the truth. But at the end of the day, the thing that matters is that you make a record that's completely yours from beginning to end-with no sacrifices, no compromises, no corners cut.

    • Metallica: (How Metallica open a lot of their shows)
      We've come here, TO KICK YOUR ASS!!! ...That's why you're here, right?

    • Metallica: We're married to Metallica.

    • (Regarding the type of music they make)
      Metallica: We'd record a song that people liked and wanted to hear on the radio, and the radio wouldn't play it because it was too long. Or they wanted to edit it, which we wouldn't allow.

    • Metallica: Well, without getting really political, I think there have always been people who have been afraid of music and its potential for, I guess, social breakouts, or whatever you want to call it. You know, young kids are looking for something to grasp onto, whatever it may be. When you're that age, there's a lot of that feeling of needing to belong, whether it's wearing black lipstick and cutting the ass out of your pants, or whatever -- people are looking for things to grasp onto.

    • Metallica: We've always known that there's been a need or a want for a band like us. We've fought back and broken through all the bullshit of the business, and now it's great to be able to say 'Fuck off' to the whole business, and 'We did it our way' and blah blah blah. We've always had our own way of doing things...

    • (Regarding their playing)
      Metallica: The first time I played sober was because I just forgot to drink. 'Damn' I thought...'I'm playing better.'

    • (Regarding some of the things they do on stage).
      Metallica: I'd rather regret doing something than not doing something.

    • The group on their tours.
      Metallica: Authority pisses me off. I think everyone should be able to drink and get loud whenever they want.

    • (James)

      Metallica: I remember back when I stood in line for 3 hours waiting for autographs, and when the star just hopped into his limo, and took off, I'd think 'You dick, I hate you.' I'd go home, rip down all his posters...

    • Metallica: I'd like to have a beer-holder on my guitar like they have on boats.

    • Metallica: 3 reasons why James said that his Black Sabbath record was important:
      "First it scared the shit out of me. Second, it crushed the fuck out of all the peace'n'love'n everything's groovy bullshit that was still hanging around in the early seventies. And third, my friends' moms wouldn't let them own it!

    • Metallica: There's a lot of people there just because 'Ooh play Enter Sandman.' So we play it first to get the fucking thing out of the way. So they have to sit through the rest of the shit! They gotta hear the old shit. You gotta use it against 'em y'know?

    • (About the antics that go on when they are on tour.)
      Metallica: It's all fun and games 'till someone loses an eye, then it's just fun you can't see.

    • (In reference to fan reactions.)
      Metallica: Some guy was bowing to me at the Marguee the other night, seriously! And I was shouting at him, 'Stop it - let me buy you a beer'.

    • (In reference to fan reaction to the songs and language.)

      Metallica: Less jaws drop now, but I still see some and I like that

    • Metallica: (In reference to NEM)
      It's scary to look out and see couples hugging during that song. Oh fuck, I thought this was a Metallica show.

    • Metallica: Just because you know umpteen billion scales, it doesn't mean you have to use them all in a solo.
      from Guitar World, November 1988

    • Metallica: I'm not into that whole Satanic thing. It's just something to fall back on if you don't have much imagination. Singing you fiftieth song about having lunch with Satan--I'm not into it. It's silly.
      from Guitar World, November 1988

    • Metallica: What's the message in Metallica? There is no message, but if there was a message, it really should be look within yourself, don't listen to me, don't listen to James, don't listen to anybody, look within yourself for the answers.

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