Metallica Sold An Incredible Shirt at Glastonbury
Glastonbury attendees rival Bonnaroo's when it comes to headliner scrutiny. This year, both festivals managed to book headliners that ruffled the feathers of their fan base as Roo welcomed back Kanye West and Glastonbury slotted Metallica at the top. The backlash towards the metal kings was swift and heavy, as fans and musicians alike lashed out.
Mogwai called the band "shite" and added that Lars Ulrich is "unbelievably bad" while Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, while complimentary of the group from a personal standpoint, questioned the selection. "Could you have Metallica in the hippy nucleus?" the frontman pondered in an interview with Time Out London. There were Facebook pages started in protest (all of which are now deleted) and the media took their shots. (But where the press at anyway?)
Well, much like Yeezus did at Roo, Metallica didn't take the stage to make up with 100,000 people. They took the stage to do exactly what got them there in the first place. There may have been a personal edge to the proceedings, and the t-shirt the band sold at the merch booth all but proved that. Included on the band's shirt are the aforementioned quotes from Turner and Mogwai as well as clips from the press criticizing the choice.
Musically, the band would also have the last laugh, as they performed a heavy duty set with hits like "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Sad But True," "One," "Enter Sandman" and more. Check out the band playing the opening number, "Creeping Death," a tune clearly inspired by peace and love.
Here's Metallica's full setlist from their Glastonbury headlining appearance:
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Wherever I May Roam
Sad But True
Fade to Black
The Memory Remains
Master of Puppets
Nothing Else Matters
Whiskey in the Jar
Seek & Destroy