Metallica are “in a really wholesome place” following James Hetfield’s stint in rehab, drummer Lars Ulrich has mentioned.
The frontman began new treatment to tackle addiction issues late last year. He had beforehand been to rehab in 2001 for a similar drawback.
Talking within the newest problem of the band’s fan membership journal So What!, Ulrich mentioned studying his bandmate was heading again to rehab and the way the band have been dealing with Hetfield’s wants going ahead.
Ulrich mentioned he first heard the frontman “had some points” in September 2019 “and that he needed to go and take care of that”. “No one at the moment actually is aware of what which means,” he mentioned. “, what does it imply for him, what does it imply for us, what does it imply for scheduling, all that shit.
“You simply sort of sit there, and clearly your first ideas are, ‘Is he OK? What’s occurring?’ Then the Australian dates received moved. Then there was the ‘Serving to Arms’ live performance that received moved, so on and so forth. And also you begin understanding extra.”
Lars Ulrich performs stay with Metallica. CREDIT: Getty
The drummer famous that having been collectively for therefore lengthy meant the band “love one another, we consider in one another”. “We have now one another’s backs,” he defined. “We’ll battle for one another. And we kind of roll with it.”
Talking of the state of the band now, he added: “James is in a really wholesome place, the band is in a really wholesome place, and clearly COVID has performed a serious function in all of it. It’s been a mindfuck of a 12 months; I’m sitting right here on October sixteenth, I really feel assured and excited in regards to the state of the Metallica nation, and I really feel very optimistic about what’s forward.
“I believe we’re higher at [handling things] now than we have been ten years in the past, 10 years in the past we have been higher at it than we have been 10 years earlier than. So it’s all simply a part of the trail ahead.”
In the meantime, the drummer said earlier this week he didn’t expect arena shows to return for a year “at the earliest” because of the ongoing coronavirus disaster.