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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: Bands Were Pussies When It Came To Fighting Napster

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Posted November 3, 2016 by Josh Drespling in Empire Extreme News Feed

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that the reason his band was forced to take on Napster alone was because other musicians were too scared. His band famously sued the controversial file sharing platform back in 2000, leading to a major backlash from numerous fans who claimed the band was being greedy. Lars considered the Napster lawsuit a ‘street fight’ and claimed that musicians were “too much of a pussy”  to step up and speak out against the file sharing platform:

“In the beginning, Napster was a street fight. It’s that simple. We perceived somebody to be fucking with us so, fuck it, you fire back. And then all of a sudden this whole other thing happened and we were in the middle of it, alone. Every day that summer, there was not a musician or peer or somebody inside the music business who wouldn’t pat me on the back and go, ‘You guys are standing up for the rest of us.’ But the minute we were out in public, we were on our own. Everybody was too shit fucking scared and too much of a pussy to take a step forward. The only other person that said something in public was Dr. Dre.” Ulrich told MOJO.

Lars shot down the notion that he or other members of Metallica are greedy, but noted that the reputation is still there for some fans: “The only annoying thing that still resonates 16 years later is that the other side were really smart: they made it about money. But it was never about money. Never. It was about control. Yet still to this day there’s this perception — small but it still lingers — that METALLICA are greedy [and] money-hungry, and that’s not who we are or ever were. We were the band who [in 1991] invited bootleggers to come to our shows and tape them. We sold ‘taper’ tickets and we’d have a section where you could bring in a recorder and tape the show and trade them with your friends. And all of a sudden we’re greedy… [sighs] All those years later, that’s part of my reputation.”

Ironically, Ulrich has since become friends with Napster co-founder and Spotify investor Sean Parker. He was actually in attendance at Parker’s wedding — so there is obviously no bad blood between the two and the saga is now water under the bridge.

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Josh is the Publisher and creator of Empire Extreme and it's sister publication Kingdom Extreme Magazine. He is an accomplished writer, photographer and graphic designer. He is always conjuring up new ideas and has a amazing passion for the music industry and all the things that surround it.

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