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James Heftield

  • “A lot of modern amps and preamps sound great when you're jamming by yourself, but don't hold up in a band situation. The sound isn't dense enough, and the lows and highs tend to get soaked up by the bass and cymbals.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “We can do whatever the fuck we want, really. We've got carte blanche. I mean, 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.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “It's a good feeling, that you can put your heart out there, no matter how black it is, and people can understand it.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Every breath I take becomes deeper, and I become more confident of myself without my crutches. The lies I've filled my body and soul with aren't needed anymore. They're not welcome. I choose to live, not just exist.”

    -James Heftield
  • “It's good to listen to lots of different stuff, just whatever you like. The first two records I ever bought were Alice Cooper, Killer and Jethro Tull, Aqualung. That's two weird records to begin with, but I think they hold up well.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Rap is just to me very annoying.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “One time we saw some hookers but when we got closer we realized it was Motley Crue.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Most of my guitars have been instruments that look cool. I'm not picky. I never think, 'Oh, this neck isn't made of ebony,' or, 'These strings don't feel correct.' It doesn't matter too much.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Metallica is not just Heavy Metal, not just ballads, not just this or that. We can do whatever the fuck we want”

    -James Hetfield
  • “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.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “People have their own interpretations of love. For some, love is sleeping with a sheep. For others, it’s just being with somebody. Love to me is being able to depend on someone else, especially being on the road. You can really lose yourself out here. Then you go home and you realize, ‘Yeah, here’s my base. Here’s where I start, and here’s where it ends.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Stumble back to your tends all drunk, get a nice rest for tomorrows show and see some real real real good bands tomorrow you know... or do you want some more Metallica?”

    -James Hetfield
  • “I'm on this eternal quest to get the best guitar sound in the world, but my vision of what is 'the best' changes every time I go into the studio. Sometimes my goal is to make my guitar jump out, and sometimes I want it to lay back.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “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...”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Authority pisses me off. I think everyone should be able to drink and get loud whenever they want.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “The fans like the idea we do what we want. It's not an act. Screw the record company and the beaten path. Without MTV or radio, we still have a huge underground following.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “I was pretty quiet as a child. I kind of hung out with my family and listened to music and sh*t. I wasn't too outgoing at all.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “I'm not generally a big solo guy, because I'm not into showing off that way.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “People always complain about something. If you face yourself and stand up strong, you're OK. You can't go wrong.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “It's all fun and games 'till someone loses an eye, then it's just fun you can't see.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “I'd much rather talk about guitar playing. I hate it when people ask me about my lyrics. I always feel like telling them to just go and read them.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “There is one Metallica. We have many styles, it's called Metallica.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “No secret that I enjoy motor sports and cars in particular, building cars, building custom cars. Part of that scene. I love the flow of the cars and I love the art part of them. I love the sleekness and the uniqueness of each car that you can dream up.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “I like a women who's got some balls, some strength. As long as I can beat her at arm wrestling, that's fine.”

    -James Hefteild
  • “Around the time of Load, I felt I wanted to stop drinking. "Maybe I'm missing out on something. Everyone else seems so happy all the time. I want to get happy." I'd plan my life around a hangover: "The Misfits are playing in town Friday night, so Saturday is hangover day." I lost a lot of days in my life.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “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.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “I'm always feeling like I don't belong, no matter where I am. So I'm just searching for a family nonstop, and sometimes I find it in the mosh pit, sometimes I find it when I'm doing some French TV show with the president's wife.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Back then, we all shared stuff. 'I did her. Dude, here! Have my chick.' Lars would talk his way into their pants. Kirk had a babyface that was appealing to the girls. And Cliff; he had a big dick. Word got around about that, I guess.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Every time I'd go out drinking I was looking for something new. But it was the same every time. I'd wake up in some bed with some person, I had a hangover and a show to do. And the truth is, it was the same every time. But now life is... pretty interesting without the alcohol.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Overall, I'd have to say Ride The Lightning is my favourite. Kill 'Em All , our first album, was already written when we went into the studio but Ride... was the first next step, when we started to discover the studio and what we could do in it. That was kinda the fun bit, and it still is.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “If I hadn't of had music in my life, it's quite possible I could be in here. (Jail) Or not even in here, be dead — and I'd much rather be alive.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “I have the best job in the world. I'm able to express myself, and people attach themselves to it if they identify with it. Music certainly is a driving force in my life. There's not a moment where I'm not in it.”

    -James Hetfield


Lars Ulrich

  • “We make albums like Garage Inc. because they're fun to do. Doing covers has always been a great way for us to break away from our normal recording process. It allows a much looser approach, and it's always fun taking other peoples's songs and adding our own spin to them”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “Things are so deep and people are always trying to read shit into things that are really simple. Some people tell you what the songs are about and it bores me to death.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “The day Metallica's over, I'm not going to put an ad looking for another band. I'll put my drumsticks on the shelfand there's 14 other things I wanna try. Metallica's the only band I've ever been and it's the only I wanna be in”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “Everything we've done has always been on our own terms - I know, you read these magazines and every band says, 'We never compromise,' but in our case, it's true.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “We're no different from the 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 (1988)”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “There's always the odd letter or comment like, if you don't play ten Metal Milita's on every album it'S not Metallica and it's not good.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “I'd like to thank all the radio stations and MTV, without whom... all this was possible anyway.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “We went into the studio with the intent of making a real lively record that bounces off the walls. It should have gone quicker, in theory, than trying to get everything note perfect like we have before. But as usual with Metallica, all those theories and normalities go straight out the window. (about the Black Album)”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “Doing things you see it, going by your own heart and soul, that is pure artistic integrity. Whatever the hair is 6 or 60 inches long, the eyes have make-up or not, the riffs are in E or F sharp, all those things dont matter if you are doing it for the right reason, which to me means doing it for yourself.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “So much of a Metallica Gig is being there and feeling the kick drum in your stomach. We want to make sure that can be transferred to a TV Screen.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “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.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “It's like saying all Ex-Football players are potential serial killers. It's these setereotypes you get stuck with.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “We've always known that there's been a need or a want for a band like us. We've fought back and broke 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. We've always had our own way of doing things.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “All through the '50's my dad had a jazz club in Denmark, and he had a band together, a fun thing like Metallica. He used to play all the time and then play tennis for real income.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “We have always and will always continue to condone allowing people to record our concerts, and to freely trade live concerts.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “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”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “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.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “To go from one extreme to the other, with no boundaries. That's the best. That's what Metallica is all about.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “Most of the time, it's like a bad dream, like what the fuck was that? Three years later, it's like did that really happen? We went from being somewhat well-respected, well-liked, and then I woke up one day and all of a sudden I was the most hated man in Rock N Roll. (on Napster)”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “We just wanna take it easy. That's what we're doing post-jason and after what James has been through. Right now, there's a sense of rebirth. It's not forced. It's just so fucking natural.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “We wrote 27 songs for Load and were developing it as a double album. As far as I'm concerned, you can take any of these songs and interchange them on the 2 albums. The only fear we had was getting to it quick. We didn't want to leave it lying around for 3 years and worry about what it would sound like when we came back to it. ”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “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...”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “Hell, I don't even know what making it means to me, and we hopefully have another 10 or 15 years left with bigger records and better shows...”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “On this last album, even though the drums are really up front, there are not many drum fills. I got bored playing them. I came to the conclusion that I don't have any more exciting drum fills to play, so I'd rather not play any at all. So I go through these cycles and different priorities. (on St. Anger)”

    -Lars Ulrich


Kirk Hammett

  • “Metallica is like the phoenix rising from the ashes. We set everything on fire, and this is what has risen from it - St. Anger being the fire and Death Magnetic being the phoenix.”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “Everyone has a side to them that's kind of unexplained and feels misunderstood.”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “I went through a whole blues period in the Nineties, and that had some influence on 'Load' and 'ReLoad.'”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “I'm very fortunate to be doing the thing I do best, which is play guitar. There aren't many other things I could do.”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “I don't think success has changed us as people at all. We are the same lunatics that we were when this band first got going. We never see ourselves as being on a higher level than our fans.”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “I feel really fortunate that, in playing guitar and surfing, I've found two things that mean so much to me, and which really complement each other. There's definitely a spiritual thing to both of them; they totally connect you to a higher realm.”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “After months of playing air guitar to 'Free Bird', what really got me into guitar was watching a documentary about Jimi Hendrix and picking up the Woodstock soundtrack. Listening to his version of 'Star Spangled Banner' and 'Purple Haze.' My brother played acoustic guitar and, idolising him, I thought, 'I'm going to get a guitar.'”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “Just because you know umpteen billion scales, it doesn't mean you have to use them all in a solo.”

    -Kirk Hammett


Robert Trujillo

  • “James Hetfield, I mean, the minute he plugs in his guitar and adjusts the tone knob, he comes up with the world's greatest riff.”

    -Robert Trujillo
  • “Writing a Metallica song is a journey and a process, and it takes time, but that's what's special about it.”

    -Robert Trujillo
  • “You need to find a way to propel this creativity to the masses. People get brainwashed and they start to forget what's good.”

    -Robert Trujillo
  • “There were a lot of different styles in the house - Motown, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, jazz - and my dad played flamenco guitar. Soon I realized that bass was what was really grooving me.”

    -Robert Trujillo
  • “'Mama I'm Coming Home' is one song that I think is incredible. One of his best songs ever written. Lemmy wrote the lyrics to that.”

    -Robert Trujillo
  • “The great thing about Metallica's music and the lyrics, it's always going to be hopefully a motivating experience.”

    -Robert Trujillo


Jason Newsted

  • “I tell you very honestly, 1 billion percent, I have never regretted leaving Metallica.”

    -Jason Newsted
  • “When I came into Metallica, I had to do justice to Cliff's work, but I also had to put my own signature on it. No one could be Cliff Burton; Cliff Burton was the Jimi Hendrix of bass.”

    -Jason Newsted
  • “'I don't want to grow up', Tom Waits said it. I live it. I put myself in a position to be a kid as long as I want to. I play loud music and scream for a living.”

    -Jason Newsted
  • “The managers suggested that we have a therapist come in. A man that meets with pro ball teams, you know, big-ego, big-dollar guys that can't get along, but have to make some kind of entity flow, so everybody else can make the money. I actually said, "I think that this is really fucking lame, weak, that we can't get together. Us! The biggest heavy band of all time! The things we've been through and decisions we've made... and this? We can't get over this?"”

    -Jason Newsted
  • “Yes, we sell out...every seat in the house, every time we play, anywhere we play.”

    -Jason Newsted
  • “Metallica is going to be one of those 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.”

    -Jason Newsted


Cliff Burton (R.I.P.)

  • “If we had hung it up, Cliff would've been so pissed off”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “Knowing Cliff's attitude, he'd kick our butts if we quit.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Cliff's taken classes in school on music theory, things like mixing harmonies together. I think he took a junior college course.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “I know Cliff, more than anyone else in the band, would have been the first guy to give us a kick in the ass, and wouldn't want us to sit around. It's what he would have wanted us to do”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “People probably thought, 'Oh, they're not going to do the heavy lyrics now because of what happened.' Man, those lyrics mean a lot more to me now.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “Cliff was so completely honest to himself and the people around him. He hated all this being-put-on-a-pedestal bullshit”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “Personally, I would say the "Master" of this whole thing is fate... Whoever is on the playing field is fair game, and it's up to them to avoid being used.”

    -Cliff Burton (RIP)
  • “I saw the bus lying right on him. I saw his legs sticking out. I freaked. The bus driver, I recall, was trying to yank the blanket out from under him to use for other people. I just went, 'Don't fucking do that!' I already wanted to kill the guy. I don't know if he was drunk or if he hit some ice. All I knew was, he was driving and Cliff wasn't alive anymore.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “He is the Hendrix of bass for his ground breaking style.”

    -Jason Newsted
  • “We always miss Cliff, but he is kind of on the record (And Justice For All). The song "To Live Is To Die" is really based on a number of riffs that Cliff wrote a couple of years ago. It's kind of cool to have something written by Cliff on the new album”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “When a man lies, he murders some part of the world. These are the pale deaths which men miscall their lives. All this I cannot bear to witness any longer. Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation take me home? ”

    -Cliff Burton (RIP)
  • “Trying to create a little more mood swings into things. Incorporate more acoustic work to, you know, make the heavier stuff heavier, the dynamics and things like that. We started learning harmonies, which Cliff was really good at, he took music theory, he was basically teaching at least myself a lot about harmonies and how they entwine, how they work together.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “On this album it's the intro to a song called "Damage" done all on bass. It's about eight or 12 tracks of bass, a lot of harmonies and volume swells and effects and stuff. I would hesitate to call it a bass solo, it's more just an intro, but it is all bass. There's also a little bass solo in Orion, it's right next to a little guitar solo. No one will probably be able to tell that it's bass, but it is.”

    -Cliff Burton (RIP)
  • “We couldn't get it all together and we would argue with each other, and say, well you know: "I want your bunk", "while I want your bunk", bla, bla, bla. I haven't told anyone this by the way, but um, I'm actually saying: "Why don't we just draw our cards", they said Sure", so. We shuffled the cards and said highest card he gets first choice of bunks. So, you know, I reach for a card and I pick two of hearts, Cliff reaches for a card - he gets Ace of Spades, you know, James gets a card, Lars gets a card. So Cliff has first choice of bunks, o he says "I want your bunk... Kirk", I go "Fine, fine". So he gets my bunk. I end up with a bunk in the front of the bus, which is, like, not as good. And that night the accident happened and, it was a horrible thing because, you know, Cliff was in my former bunk.”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “Each time we come to Sweden I think about it, get nostalgic and think of those days, and the accident. It is both good and bad, bad to remember the accident but good to remember Cliff. He is still a big part of my history and in one way or another I actually think of im almost every day.”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “It was too unreal to just deal with, it was like, you know, this doctor came in to the room I was in at this hospital and told me that our bass player died. And that was... it was just too unreal.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “He was a wild, hippie-ish, acid-taking, bell-bottom-wearing guy. He meant business, and you couldn't fuck around with him. I wanted to get that respect that he had. We gave him shit about his bell-bottoms everyday. He didn't care. "This is what I wear. Fuck you." He loved music. He was really intellectual but very to the point. He taught me a lot about attitude.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “I wasn't too angry in the beginning. I was obviously grieving, but the anger started setting in when I realized that it's not new that people in rock-n-roll die, but usually it's self-inflicted in terms of excessive drink or drug abuse. He had nothing to do with it. It's so useless. Completely useless”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “I had seen Cliff in this band called Easy Street when I was like 16 years old at a club called International Cafe in San Francisco. It always stuck in my mind. This guy with wild, wild red hair flying all over the place and a Rickenbacker and a real distinct bass style and I thought to myself, 'This guy is fuckin' wild!”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “In Denmark while recording Master Of Puppets, we hung out a lot. We'd 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, that's some of my best memories of him”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “We’re not trying to be something big and fancy, you know, it’s just us doing what we do. Let’s keep it that way.”

    -Cliff Burton (RIP)
  • “There was a huge shadow there. I'd always looked up to him so much.”

    -Jason Newsted
  • “Every once in awhile we may fall on our face, but we insist on doing what we wanna do.”

    -Cliff Burton (RIP)
  • “That Metallica tour lasted over a year and it was amazing. We played all over Europe, and I couldn't believe just how many places a band can play in Europe. And then we came back and did the States with them. All this unfortunately came on the tragic news of Cliff Burton's death. Anthrax originally had gone out with Metallica, only for about a week or so before the bus crash. It broke all of our hearts, I remember getting to know Cliff quite well....we used to chase girls together. He was really a sweet man and such an amazing bass player. We ended up doing Canada and Europe with Metallica on that tour, and that was a HUGE break for Metal Church”

    -David Wayne (RIP)
  • “He was a great and very special talent. Cliff's solos were absolutely brilliant.”

    -Jason Newsted
  • “I don't know if he was the guy who came with Lars to the hotel that first time in L.A., but I met him later in London. Nice guy.”

    -Lemmy Kilmister (RIP)
  • “He was always against looking too posey, he was always into just looking natural”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “When I started, I decided to devote my life to it and not get sidetracked by all the other bullshit life has to offer.”

    -Cliff Burton (RIP)
  • “The only person who was able to figure out a time and write it on a piece of paper was Cliff. He had an immense knowledge of timing, musical harmonies and music theory in general”

    -Kirk Hammett
  • “We always miss Cliff, but he's kind of on the record (And Justice For All). The song "To Live Is To Die" is really based on a number of riffs that Cliff wrote a couple of years ago. It's kind of cool to have something written by Cliff on the new album.”

    -Lars Ulrich
  • “I remember this guy lit my couch on fire a couple of times.”

    -James Hetfield
  • “We came up here and played with Cliff, who just blew the doors off of anyone we've ever played with. He's the new Steve Harris of metal.”

    -Dave Mustaine
  • “We do what we wanna do - if they consider that selling out then... Whatever.”

    -Cliff Burton (RIP)
  • “We heard this wild solo going on and thought 'I don't see any guitar player up there.' It turned out it was the bass player, Cliff, with a wah wah pedal and this mop of hair. He didn't care whether people were there. He was looking down at his bass playing”

    -James Hetfield
  • “We had a guitarist named Dave Mustaine? Shit, I only remember Kirk and that weird taste in his girlfriends mouth.”

    -Cliff Burton (RIP)


Dave Mustaine

  • “All bands eventually break up because of one or more of the four P's: power, property, prestiege, pussy.”

    -Dave Mustaine
  • “I went there anyway-knowingly, willingly-because I wanted a number one hit. I wanted what Metallica had, even if it meant selling a piece of my soul to the devil”

    -Dave Mustaine
  • “I think, though, aside from us (Megadeth), that Metallica are probably the best band at what they do. In the 80s, we wrote a certain chapter - thrash/speed metal - but in the 90s, it's the New Age of Heavy Metal. It's come full circle. It says in the Bible that a dog returns to its own vomit. Well, we're back to basic barf!”

    -Dave Mustaine
  • “To very very large degree, Megadeth and Metallica both are responsible for almost all of the great new metal bands out”

    -Dave Mustaine

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