Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has credited the band’s one-time therapist with saving them.
Ulrich mentioned that Phil Towle, who’s seen within the band’s 2004 documentary Some Sort Of Monster, was instrumental in holding the band collectively throughout troubled occasions greater than 15 years in the past.
The documentary detailed the interval for the band throughout which bassist Jason Newsted stop, frontman James Hetfield entered rehab, and the band began to query the “machine” of churning out music. Towle was enlisted to assist the band talk higher with one another and tips on how to handle the pressures of being a profitable group.
Ulrich defended Towle – who was typically poked enjoyable at by the band for his odd sweater decisions – in a brand new Musicians On Musicians interview with Phoebe Bridgers for Rolling Stone. “It was a tough time with Phil. And as simple a goal as he’s to make enjoyable of, every time I get requested about it now, I discover myself defending him. He did save the fucking band. I believe you and I wouldn’t be sitting right here speaking to one another if it wasn’t for him.”
He continued: “It was a really transitional, experimental time. We’d been a band for 20 years, and we realised we by no means had a fucking dialog about how we’re feeling, what being in Metallica is doing to all people. It was simply this fucking machine. After which Hetfield needed to go away and cope with a few of his points, after which that opened up this complete factor.”
Lars Ulrich performs stay with Metallica. CREDIT: Gettymeta
Elsewhere within the interview Ulrich revealed that the band is a couple of month into “some fairly severe writing”.
“All of the shit – pandemics, fires, politics, race issues, and simply fucking trying on the state of the world – it’s really easy simply to so fall right into a depressive state. However writing all the time makes me really feel smitten by what’s subsequent,” he mentioned.
“It’s like, ‘Fuck, there’s a chance right here to nonetheless make the perfect file, to nonetheless make a distinction. To nonetheless do one thing that not even turns different individuals on, however turns me on.’”