Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Says Arctic Monkey Were His ‘Main Musical Mainstay’ of 2018.


Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich says Arctic Monkey’s new album is “just an incredible record”

Lars Ulrich of Metallica has a special appreciation for Arctic Monkeys. Reflecting on music from this past year in an interview with Maxim, Ulrich says that Arctic Monkeys were his “main musical mainstay” of 2018.

“When I’m working out or driving from point A to point B, I listen more to the Arctic Monkeys than anything else,” Ulrich explained, also saying that the British rock band’s latest album, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,” is “just an incredible record.”

“It just makes you want to go back and revisit their whole catalog because each record is so different,” Ulrich added. “You’d go back and revisit things from previous records and fall in love with them for different reasons than you did five years ago or eight years ago.”

Arctic Monkeys’ “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the upcoming 2019 Grammy Awards, set for Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. The band’s song “Four Out of Five” is also nominated for Best Rock Performance.

Would Metallica and Arctic Monkeys ever go on tour together? Only time will tell. In the meantime, Metallica has plans to continue touring the U.S. in support of their 2016 album, “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct.” Metallica’s U.S. run will kick off in January, and Arctic Monkeys will begin a 2019 tour of Australia early next year.



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