I just listened to the interview with Metallica and I think this has got to be an all-time low point for the wig. The was his 'Mr. Led Zeppelin" moment - I guess here it's 'Mrs. Metallica'. Howard has officially become the guy he used to make fun of, the old man DJ with outdated clothes and hair that interviews a band he knows absolutely nothing about, but tries to hide it to seem 'cool'. And the weird thing is is that Metallica came up at around the same time as wiggy - they're not some gay new teenybopper band in jumpsuits. I mean, he sat there and asked the new bass player about "having his tracks turned down on an album" and there was just dead silence. One of the guys actually laughed at him. "Wrong guy" James or Lars finally said. That's an entry level piece of trivia about Jason Newstead - any fan and most interviewers would know that. Absolutely no preparation whatsoever.
Then he brings up the movie - he goes on and on about marbles. Marbles marble marbles. He's wondering if they're waking up in cold sweats in fear of not making enough money. This is one of the few bands that's still trying to maintain a shred of integrity. They worry about being associated with a shit movie, not making an extra 2 million dollars. They know if they put out something that's good, the rest of it will follow. And then he asks about how excited they are seeing themselves on the big screen? James: "Uh, we've been watching ourselves on tv for 30 years, we're used to it". Embarrassing. Then a mention about avoiding old rehashed video ideas (i.e. clips of the band getting out of a limo, goofing off backstage, folding deli meat, etc.) Basically, we've done that a million times, let's try to do something new - and Stern pipes in, "yeah, any band that's done that stuff, SELLOUTS! HOO HOO HOO! RIGHT?!"
I was actually embarrassed for him. There's no excuse for sucking that bad. He hit bottom a long time ago so he's not going to save his legacy, but at least he could spare himself the misery. It wouldn't surprise me to see him come in next week with a cowboy outfit and fake six shooters. Howard really needs professional help. If he wanted to do the right thing he'd retire tomorrow and check himself in someplace quiet for 6 months and get a real good evaluation by a trained medical team. I don't mean some 85 year old guy spouting wacky ideas across the street from nobu, I mean some solid, direct, honest compassionate health care. Then he can get the help he needs and at least try to do something good in the time he's got left. Sheesh.