Scores of fans attended the Pyramid Tent last night at Glastonbury as heavy metal legends Metallica played for the first time at the festival.
It had been a month of controversy as fans of the famous festival were split between accepting Metallica to headline on the main night. However, last night the heavy metal band from Los Angeles rocked the Pyramid Tent in front of a frenzy of black t-shirt clad fans of all ages.
Arctic Monkeys and Scottish rockers Mogwai were notoriously vocal about their thoughts on the metal band playing at Glastonbury with much criticism being aimed their drummer Lars Ulrich. Mogawi had told NME back on June 6th that the band were ‘unbelievably bad’, simply ‘shite’.Metallica had the last laugh however having issued t-shirts covered in comments the other bands had stated to the press such as ‘SHITE!’ and ‘Metallica At Glastonbury – Whoopee Fucking Doo’ alongside their own ‘Peace, Love and Metal’ t-shirts
Metallica paused for 15 minutes with a dramatic tribute to actor Eli Wallach who sadly passed away on June 24th, including scenes from some of his Spaghetti Western movies. The tribute then turned into a retro video of a British Fox hunt in reference to another controversy surrounding lead singer James Hetfield’s relation to bear hunting. The screen screamed the words ‘Are You Ready for Glastallica?’ and the band exploded on with ‘Creeaping Death.’ Hetflied addressed the crowed saying he was proud to represent the heavier side of music, which has been notably underrepresented in the festivals history.
Metallica then warned ‘it’s going to get louder!’ as they blared ‘The Memory Remains’ throwing black beachballs out to the flag flying battalions at the Pyramid Stage
Lars Ulrich then addressed the crowd: “I came down here last night and I’ve walked every corner of this festival, and let me tell you, there is no place like this on this fucking earth. Thank you Michael, thank you Emily, thank you Nick. Metallica loves you and we hope to see you another fucking time!”
Newspapers have described Metallica as having ‘Rocked Glastonbury and Glastonbury rocked them right back.’ It seems, after all the controversy and slating that Metallica had endured, they thoroughly impressed the festival goers and the media. The musical prejudice which loomed around the night was forgotten as the beloved metal stars rocked out, becomming the main event of the festival and perhaps a the musical event of the year alongside the Libertines reunion and Kat Bush playing at the Apollo in London this august.