Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Metallica: "Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica" by Mick Wall Out Now
My chemistry with everybody has changed since I was 25 years old. In the case of Metallica, the big difference, of course, is that they became so enormously successful. Just as the band were getting huge in the mid-'90s, I was going through my own changes. I went broke and I was insane. Then we all got past that, and the last time I spoke to Lars on the phone a few weeks ago he didn't sound like he'd changed much at all. Older, like us all, and as he put it, "Who'd have thought we'd have six kids between us one day?" Well, we have. Doing the school runs aside though, I guess we don't have too many other things in common anymore.
The band declined to be involved directly with the book, something for which Lars took the trouble to talk to me about. He said, "I knew if anybody would write a great Metallica book it would be you," but they weren't ready personally to shake all the skeletons out of their closet yet, and I wasn't prepared to offer them any say in the outcome of the finished book. I had interviewed them all again recently anyway, but when I invited them to participate in the book I made it clear they would have no control, that it would be objective and honest, come what may. It turned out much better that way.
Read the entire interview on this location.