Metallica debuted a brand new song called "The Lords Of Summer" on Sunday night (March 16th) during the opening show of the band's South American tour in Bogota, Colombia. As promised, the band played a nearly all-request set, with 17 songs chosen online by fans prior to the gig and the last slot filled by the new track.
Drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the new song "is fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now. It's one of those things that's like, 'Here, we're writing and we're creating.'"
- Guitarist Kirk Hammett told us that coming up with music is not a problem for the band: "We're a band that never has a shortage of ideas. You know, you hear about these bands that are like, oh, they're sitting in the studio and they don't have any songs, what are they gonna do? That's not Metallica. Metallica's problem is the total opposite: we have too many ideas, which ones are we gonna use. And so that's pretty much how it stands with us."
- Ulrich cautioned, however, that "The Lords Of Summer" may not even end up on Metallica's next album at all, or at least not in its current form. He explained, "We did the same thing when we went out and played a bunch of dates in 2006. We were writing and played two different new songs over the course of that summer, and none of them made the record (2008's Death Magnetic)."
- The Metallica By Request tour will hit Europe this summer, with a single North American date confirmed in Montreal, as the band continues working on its 10th studio album.
SIDE NOTES: The rest of Metallica's "by request" show in Bogota featured such rarities as "Master Of Puppets," "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," "Sad But True," "Fade To Black," "One" and "Enter Sandman." Really, Metallica fans? You get a chance to request the songs and you pick mostly the same set list Metallica has been playing for 20 years? Where was "Leper Messiah"? How about "The Shortest Straw" or "The God That Failed"?
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Metallica perform "The Lords Of Summer":
LISTENERS' POLL: What do you think of the new Metallica song?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone and Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Mark Jones ·wrote: "Metallica seem to be stuck in a rut of putting 3 minutes of uninspired pap into their longer songs, to make them eh, longer songs. it's just really painful and flabby."
Anthony Buono wrote: "Two words - practice & edit. Come on, why say in 6+ minutes what can easily be said in 4? There's still time to trim the fat. Alot of it was pretty good, but the middle section was boring and unnecessary."
Paul Cowan wrote: "whoa. whats going on here? that was a Metallica song that didn't suck and was actually thrashy! Aint seen that since 89'."
batkinson001 wrote: "it's alright. Looking forward to the album version, hopefully the album will be better than death magnetic in terms of overall sound."
Metallica fan since 84 wrote: "i really like it! i'm glad they're sticking with general direction of Death Magnetic. hope the rest of the new album sounds like this!"
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