Metallica can't afford break

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 May 2012

This article is from 2012.



Metallica claim they can't afford to take time off from touring

Metallica can't afford to take time off.

The 'Enter Sandman' hitmakers - who earn a reported $90 million from their tours - claim the music industry has changed so much, they are no longer able to take two years off work in between recording sessions.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett told Rolling Stone magazine: "The cycles of taking two years off don't exist anymore. We were able to do that because we had record royalties coming in consistently.

"Now you put out an album, and you have a windfall maybe once or twice but not the way it used to be - a cheque every three months."

Meanwhile, the band's drummer Lars Ulrich insists he has no plans to give up music, despite enjoying his role in TV movie 'Hemingway & Gelhorn', which aired in the US last night (28.05.12) but will continue acting if he is offered projects that fit with his schedule.

He told USA Today newspaper: "Music is my main thing, so heading away to a place like, say, Iceland for a shoot would never work for me.

"But this was Phil [Kaufman, director], this was San Francisco, and this was six weeks total. No-brainer."


Chart-topping metal behemoths on a world wide tour following the release of their latest album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Mon 30 Oct

prices vary / 0844 338 8000

Manchester Arena

Sat 28 Oct

£50.55–£85.55 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Sun 22 Oct

£58.75–£97.75 / 0844 856 0202

With Kvelertak.

Tue 24 Oct

£58.75–£97.75 / 0844 856 0202

With Kvelertak.

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