Metallica is still talking about their legal drama with Napster...16 years later. In an interview with Mojo (via Blabbermouth), drummer Lars Ulrich was asked his current thoughts on the experience and called out the artists who didn't have their back during the saga.
"In the beginning, Napster was a street fight. It's that simple. We perceived somebody to be fucking with us so, fuck it, you fire back. And then all of a sudden this whole other thing happened and we were in the middle of it, alone. Every day that summer, there was not a musician or peer or somebody inside the music business who wouldn't pat me on the back and go, 'You guys are standing up for the rest of us.' But the minute we were out in public, we were on our own. Everybody was too shit fucking scared and too much of a pussy to take a step forward. The only other person that said something in public was Dr. Dre. The only annoying thing that still resonates 16 years later is that the other side were really smart: they made it about money. But it was never about money. Never. It was about control."
But there is no bad blood! Ulrich is friends with Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder. "I'm proud of the fact that we stood up for what we believed in at the time. Could we have been better prepared for the shitstorm that followed? Absolutely!" the artist continued. "We were ignorant as to what we were getting involved in. But that's always been the case."
Since 2012, the metal band secured control over the master tapes of all its audio and video recordings. Metallica is prepping the release of their next album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, their first project since 2011's Lou Reed collaboration, Lulu, and first Metallica album since 2008's Death Magnetic. Fans can look out for that on Nov. 18.
Below, check out Fuse's throwback chat with Metallica on Daily Download: