Post-rock mainstays Mogwai, whose set at the 2014 instalment of Glastonbury Festival later this month coincides with the appearance of headliners Metallica, say that while they understand the motivations behind booking the metal icons, they sympathise with the mixed reactions of punters.
When put to the band that the thrash veterans’ booking had proven controversial with apprehensive Glastonbury punters, drummer Martin Bulloch opined, “Because they’re shite.” However, many on social media are simply of the opinion that Metallica are a poor fit for a festival like Glastonbury.
“I can’t wait to hear that guy play the drums again – unbelievably bad,” multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns told Gigwise. “He’s terrible.” Last month, the drummer in question, Lars Ulrich, who’d previously made the band’s desire to play the long-running UK festival known, came to the defence of their headlining position, telling fans to “trust your friendly neighbourhood Metallica.”
“I just can’t wait until we go all quiet and you can hear Enter Sandman in the background, because we’re on at the same time,” said singer Stuart Braithwaite, who added that he doesn’t “really see the fuss” over the booking as Metallica are “a pretty big rock band and it’s a pretty big rock festival.”
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