Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t help but have noticed that Metallica have been confirmed as the third and final headline act for this year’s Glastonbury festival.
The US metal titans will play the main stage on the evening of Saturday 28th June. They will be the first heavy metal act to headline Glastonbury in it’s 44 year history.
Fans, broadcasters and journalists have reacted with both dismay and delight at the announcement.
Metal Hammer’s Dom Lawson writes for The Guardian, “So yeah, Metallica at Glastonbury. Whoopee-fucking-doo. Like most things the band do these days, this has nothing to do with heavy metal or a patient but long-suffering fan base. It’s just another symptom of the disease the band picked up when they became multi-millionaires and lost their hunger.”
Meanwhile Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has called the decision a “no-brainer.”
“To be honest with you, we didn’t sit around and have a big conversation when the call came,” he continued, speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. “In Metallica we have a saying called a ‘no-brainer’. Headlining Glastonbury is a no-brainer. We didn’t need to sit around thinking about the pros and cons.”
When asked about the negative reaction from some quarters, Ulrich said: “Trust your friendly neighbourhood Metallica, we’ll put something suitable together. It’s great that, 32 years into our career, we’re still able to knock down doors – doors we didn’t think were open to us.”