Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich took to the airwaves in the U.K. to defend the group's upcoming appearance at this year's Glastonbury Festival.
The festival and Metallica are under fire by those who feel the group doesn't fit the, er, bill for the long-lived event, including a petition drive asking organizers to oust Metallica because of frontman James Hetfield's support of hunting and the band Mogwai's criticism of Ulrich as an "unbelievably bad" drummer.
Talking on the BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show," Ulrich said that, "The fact that everyone's got an opinion I'll take as a good thing because it means that people still care and are still interested and we still have one foot in relevance of some sort. It's comforting that 33 years into a career you can still manage to stir up a little bit. Glastonbury is the biggest, greatest festival on this planet and we're headlining Saturday night (June 28). Bring it on. We're going to show up and have fun but all the hoopla is interesting."
Metallica's current European tour is filled with festival dates, including several Sonisphere Festival shows, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany and Pinkpop in the Netherlands. The group will also play at the Heavy Montreal festival on August 9 and will be working to finish a new album, its long-awaited follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic."