Although Metallica remains frozen by the ongoing pandemic, plans for new music are in the air. During a chat with Lousdersound.com, drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about where Metallica is at as 2020 winds to a close: “Other than connecting with our fans in whatever opportunity possible, new music is really what fuels everybody around here. . . As soon as it’s safe and as soon as it can work practically, then we’ll be back out there doing what we do.” He went on to say, “Metallica is a life choice. It’s not something that we weave in and out of. I like Metallica being what I do. I really enjoy it, and everybody else feels the same way. And I like to spend as much time in the future; I always look ahead. . . . We’re just getting started, by the way. We still have our best years ahead of us.” Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett added, “I’m just speculating. But if the touring world doesn’t start functioning in the same way that it used to, then I think the idea is to stay indoors and start working on songs, start to record. I think that’s probably the safest, most sensible thing for us to do!”

Bassist Robert Trujillo remains positive about where the current status of the band can lead them creatively: “I’m not gonna speak on behalf of the other guys, but to me, it feels like this could be a very collaborative (writing process). And for me personally, I love that. I love that we are in that head space to be more collaborative, and I think that’s very exciting for where we’re at now, the journey we’re about to take, the fact that those doors are opening like that.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Metallica will perform on November 14th at the second “Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert and Auction.” The special acoustic show will stream live from Metallica HQ and will benefit the all Within My Hands foundation.

FAST FACTS

  • Metallica’s latest live set, S&M2 with the San Francisco Symphony entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at Number Four. The album went on to top Billboard’s Classical Albums, Hard Rock Albums, Top Album Sales, and Top Rock Albums charts.
  • The set was culled from the band’s September 2019 venue opening shows at San Francisco’s Chase Center.
  • Metallica recently became the first artist to top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart in four different decades.
  • The band’s latest single, “All Within My Hands” with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, sees the band topping the chart in the 1990’s, 2000’s, ’10s, and now, ’20s.
  • “Hands” is Metallica’s second chart-topping Mainstream Rock Songs with the Symphony, following 2000’s “No Leaf Clover.”

CHECK IT OUT: The trailer to Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: S&M2: