Lars Ulrich, Metallica drummer has praised Roadrunner artists, when he spoke with Eddie Trunk , who hosts a radio show on New York’s Q104.3FM, titled ‘Friday Night Rocks’. Blabbermouth.net has given a partial excerpt of the chat:
Q: Speaking of landmark METALLICA albums, last year was the 20th anniversary of “Master of Puppets”. I know you guys played in Europe and you did the album start to finish, right?
Lars: Yes, we did. We did three weeks' worth of gigs last summer. There's no place better than to visit Europe in the month of June, and we got invited to do a couple of festivals and then it kind of turned into a three-week thing. Kerrang! magazine out of England had done a tribute to the “Puppets” album by having all these awesome up-and-coming bands, like TRIVIUM and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, and MACHINE HEAD and a few other guys who've been around for a while, doing these, basically covering every song on “Puppets”, and we were kind of sitting there getting caught up in all that misty-eyed emotion of the whole thing as we were sitting there planning the tour and the dates and so on. We were also inspired by my friend Mike [Portnoy] from DREAM THEATER, who was telling me that they used to, back in the day, go out and play all of “Master of Puppets” as an encore. He was definitely part of the inspiration, too. And we went out and played over the course of three weeks the “Puppets” album from start to finish more or less note for note. What happens with us a lot with the older songs is we go through the years, we have a tendency to continue to edit them and re-edit them and put different bits in and kind of take them different places. But we kind of went back and played the album note for note and it was a lot of fun, and in some way I think it kind of set the bar for the record that we're making now in terms of the level that we know we're capable of writing and recording and it was an awesome experience to play that every night for 50, 60, 70 thousand people and feel that kind of love and respect and appreciation. I mean, playing it for 75,000 people at Donington (England), it was unbelievable.