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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
they wanted to edit it, which we wouldn't allow."
James Hetfield from Guitar world, 1991

"I don't remember doing anything else; I don't remember not living
in the studio. I'm itching for people to hear this album
because I'm sick of hearing it myself."
James Hetfield from Guitar world, 1991

"We became so fed up with people talking while we were
playing that we said, «Screw it, let's turn it up so they won't
be able to chatter.» The band just kept getting louder and louder."
James Hetfield from Guitar world, 1992

"Lars was always nervous on stage, so he'd play faster and faster.
Nobody wanted to wimp out and tell him that he was playing
too fast. We just figured, «Hell, we'll just play faster too.»"
James Hetfield from Guitar worl
d, 1992

"The band? No way! There ain't no band. The band is not
'the band' right now. It's just three guys."
James Hetfield from Guitar world, 1993

"Metallica is the world to me. It always has been, and that's
not going to change. I'm married to Metallica."
James Hetfield from Guitar world, 1996

"There is something powerful in Metallica, a will, a drive."
James Hetfield from USA Today, 1997

"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 from USA Today, 1997

"We like to set bombs."
James Hetfield from USA Today, 1997

"It's all fun and games until someone losses an eye,
then it's fun you can't see."
James Hetfield

"If you came here to see spandex, eye makeup, and the words 'Ooh baby' in
every fuckin' song, this ain't the fuckin' band. We came to bang some heads."
James Hetfield, August 17, 1985

"Authority pisses me off, I tink everyone should be able to drink
and get loud whenever they want."
James Hetfield

"We discovered how much money influences certain things
work in United States. How things might seem okay on the
outside, but internally, they're corrupt."
James Hetfield

"Call it anarchy of whatever you want to--there's times when you
wanna be able to do whatever the fuck you want and, y'know,
life's short, so why shouldn't you."
James Hetfield

"We don't want any kinda label, we just want to do
whatever the fuck we want to do."
James Hetfield

"Look at his pants. He's either in a gang or a plumber."
James Hetfield from So What!, James' Fridge Wisdow, Vol. 4, Iss. 2

When answering the question: Will you ever return to the old Metallica style? "We...Don't...Give ...A...Shit. We are playing this song for us."
James Hetfield from a Salt Lake City show, just before
playing "Ain't My Bitch", Jan. 2, 1997

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Kirk Hammett

"I'm not into that whole Satanic thing. It's just something to fall back
on if you don't have much imagination. Singing your fiftieth song
about having lunch with Satan-I'm not into it. It's silly."
Kirk Hammett From Guitar World, 1988

"Just because you know umpteen billion scales, it doesn't
mean you have to use them all in a solo."
Kirk Hammett from Guitar World, 1988

"We wanted to offer something new to our audience. I hate it
when bands stop taking chances."
Kirk Hammett from Guitar World, 1991

"I didn't want to fall into the trap of competing with all these other great
guitar players. I just want to sidestep the whole thing and get out of the race."
Kirk Hammett From Guitar World, 1992

"Basically I just had to say, «Screw everyone around me - from now on
I'm just gonna play what I think is important to me and our music.»
So I gave the big finger to all the current trends is technical wizardry,
and just went off and did what I felt was best for the songs."
Kirk Hammett from Guitar World, 1992

"Guitar players in the nineties seem to be reacting against the technique-oriented eighties." Kirk Hammett from Guitar World, 1993

"I would have to say I'm bored with the standard rock, guitar solo, bu
t I've done it for five albums now, and this time I wanted to go in
a completely different direction. I wasn't interested in showing off any more."
Kirk Hammett from Guitar World. 1996

"At the audition the guys kept smiling at each other. I was like,
"Do they think this is funny? Or are they perpetually happy people?"
Kirk Hammett, 1983

"We're the underdogs. We haven't had a top 10 hit, and we look like a
bunch of burns out there. Amidst all this glam and this huge production,
we're going to stick out. But that's what we're here for--and that's what
put us here is the first place."
Kirk Hammett,1988

"My guitars are my umbilical chord. They're directly wired into my head."
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 sucess 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

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Lars Ulrich

"Let's see, I think the first thing we gotta to do is obviously, like you
guys were expecting, is we gotta tank Jethro Tull for not
putting out an album this year. Ha, Ha!!"
Lars Ulrich From Grammy Awards, 1992

"I guess these things just went down in value, uh, if we can
win one I guess anyone can, uh."
Lars Ulrich from the MTV Music Awards, 1992

"As long as it says Metallica on the record it's Metallica."
Lars Ulrich from Metal Edge, 1996

"One of my few shortcomings is that I can't predict the future."
Lars Ulrich from So What!, Whiplash Section, Holiday Issue 1996

"...Metallica mythos...distilled the essences of the comic books and
horror movies and the fantastic literature of metal itself..."
Lars Ulrich from So What!, 1996

"Things are so deep and people are always trying to read shit into
things that real simple. Some people try and tell you what the songs
are about and it bores me to death."
Lars Ulrich from So What!, 1996

"I don't like to be pigeonholded, and I really like that people never
really know what's going on with Metallica."
Lars Ulrich from So What, Holiday Issue 1996

"Dear «The Kids», Don't waste your precious holiday time sittin
arround all this bullshit x lies, GO FUCK SHIT UP!! Lots 'O' Love.
P.S. Happy whatever!"
Lars Ulrich from So What, Holiday Issue 1996

"I tink if people sit down and consider the amount of dedication we
put into what we do, we are at the paramount of that scale."
Lars Ulrich from So What!, An interview with Lars Ulrich, Holidar Issue 1996

"Doing things the way you see it, going by your own heart and soul,
that is pure artistic integrity. Whatever the hair is six or sixty inches
long, the eyes have make-up or not, the riffs are in 'E' or 'F' sharp, the
amps are Marshall or not, all those things don't matter if you are
doing it for the right reason, which to me means doing it for yourself!!"
Lars Ulrich from So What, An interview with Lars Ulrich, Holiday Issue 1996

"The 'not-giving-a-fuck' meter is as far into the red-zone as ever before."
Lars Ulrich from So What, Holiday Issue 1996

"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

"What's this all about? It's about music, it's not about anything else, it's
not about having the coolest cover, or the coolest title, or about
anything. it's just about music..."
Lars Ulrich

"If you sit there and you know that rule #1 is just that everything you do is
honest and just a natural and instinctual extension of your self, then there you go."
Lars Ulrich

"What's the message in Metallica? There is no message, but if there was a
message, it really should be look within yourself, don't listen to me,don't listen
to James, don't listen to anybody, look within yourself for the answers."
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

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

"Our music comes from our hearts - And it always has."
Lars Ulrich

"Right now we're stading at a massive point of rebirth."
Lars Ulrich

"I'm just sittin here trying not to be unhappy."
Lars Ulrich

"Everytime we put a record out, we lose people that can't deal with the growth."
Lars Ulrich

"Metallica's the only band I've ever been in. I'm not sure that when it ends
in five, ten years, I'm going to put an ad in the paper saying, 'stupid drummer
looking for stupid people to play music with.' Metallica is it and I think
when that ceases that's it."
Lars Ulrich

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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 from Rolling Stone

"I ended up gettin' a little Gibson amp and a bass, because of Gene
Simmons of Kiss. Myself and three other kids would pretend to be
Kiss--I liked Gene the best."
Jason Newsted

"I thought I'd do Something nice for the band... I'll hang myself."
Jason Newsted

"...I can appreciate the people who want us only to go fast. If you
dig those bands, please buy their records and see their shows so
we can keep it alive - but don't disrespect the people who paved the
way and broke down the doors for so many of the groups you enjoy
now. One of the bands that played a big part in that was Metallica.
We're the guys that wrote Damage, Inc., Fight Fire With Fire, Whiplash...
you name it, we helped invent it. And we can still play it better than
anyone. I'll go up against any death-metal band - pound for pound, hour for
hour, we'll crush'em. I have great respect for them, but those are the facts."
Jason Newsted







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