Howard had a long, boring interview with Metallica today complete with Howard declaring his love for "Master Of Puppets". Begs the question who are the bigger sell outs. http://www.marksfriggin.com/news.htm#mon Metallica Performs Live. 09/26/16. 8:55am After the break they played a prank call the guys made to a woman asking for directions to the zoo and then they crash into the zoo releasing wild animals. They also played Led Zeppelin's ''The Rain Song'' and A Manly Tip from Richard Christy's dad. Then they played Leslie West & Mountain performing ''Crossroads.'' Howard came back and said he has the guys from Metallica in the studio. He said look what's going on there. Howard asked if it's too early for them. James said he hasn't gone to bed yet. Howard asked how this all works. He said it seems like a tremendous effort. He said they must have 50 people helping. Howard asked if they remember the old days when they just loaded a van and went to play. James said it's like 10 vans now. Howard asked about the Metallica logos on the amps. Howard said it must be a look. James said they try not to have a look which gives them a look. Howard said even the coffee cups have a look. He said even when they set up in there they have a special plate for Lars' pancakes. Howard asked what the story is on that. Lars said a couple of years ago he switched some eating habits of his. He said a significant part of his diet are these pancakes. He said it's oats, stevia and some other things. Howard said it seems like Metallica isn't having that much fun. Lars said try doing this at 52. Howard said it does take more energy. Howard said it must be a fucking pain in the ass. James said it is. Howard said it must be fun too though. James said it's all of those things. Howard asked what time they went to bed. one of the guys said 3. Lars said he was in bed at 1. Lars said one of the things that isn't fun is the stretching before the show. He said he can't do what they're about to do without that. He said he has to do that before a show. He said it endangers tomorrow's performance at Webster Hall. He said he might start cramping. Howard asked if it's because he hits so hard. Lars said it's the physicality of it. He said it has to be respected. Howard asked what they think of the Stones playing at 70. Kirk said he's surprised they still want to do it. Howard said Jagger and Richards can't stand each other and they talk shit about each other. James said that's part of the magic. He said you love each other and hate each other. He said they must care for each other. Howard asked if they don't see each other when they're not touring. James said they don't hang out. Howard asked about how they had like 900 new songs for this new album. James said he had about 800 and Kirk had about 500. Howard asked where they put their songs. Kirk said he made the mistake of putting his riffs on his iPhone. Howard asked where they go to work on the songs. LArs said they have a place they call HQ that they work at. He said it's built on the Grateful Dead format. Howard asked if it's owned by them. Lars said they have their fan club there and all of their storage and rehearsal area. Howard asked if it's an expensive area. Lars said it has gotten more and more expensive. Howard asked if they all live near there. James said he's maybe 1200 miles from there in Colorado. Kirk said he's about 4000 miles. Lars said he's about 15 minutes. Howard asked about walking into HQ to start a new album and what happens when Kirk loses his 500 song ideas. Kirk said he put it on his phone and he didn't want to forget it. He said he lost it all. Howard asked what they say to Kirk when he does that. James said he just hands him one of his riffs. Howard asked if they care about who writes what. James said he and Lars have been driving this thing and they put the songs together. He said he has so many riffs and so many ideas. He said LArs is a good editor. He said they have a great level of trust. He said they're all skeptics. Howard asked the guys about doing cover versions and how they did covers of obscure songs. Lars said they just played the songs and didn't tell anyone they weren't their songs. Lars said when they were in L.A. in 81 or 82 that's what they were doing. Howard said he looked up some of the songs and played one that they covered. Howard asked what it is about covers and if they do it because they don't have confidence on their own writing. James said that's it. He said they were paying homage to the bands that inspired them. He said when they had to write their demo they didn't have any of their own stuff. James said they had long, drawn out epics that they wrote and they didn't have the hits because they were covers. Howard asked who the radio guys were that played their stuff. Lars said that they had a station in L.A. that played their stuff. Howard said he has a friend who was at KROQ and they were trying to decide if they should play their stuff. Howard said they had a long, drawn out argument about it. Howard said Kevin Weatherly said they were going to play it and they eventually came around. Lars said they did play some of the hits along the way. James said the college radio stations did it too. Howard said they have to go out and play it live to make it. James said you have to. He said you can't make it if you don't. He said some do but most don't. James said they have a following that loves them and they don't fake it. He said they love what they do too. Howard asked if James has the most tattoos on him in the band. James laughed. Howard asked if he knows what they all are. James said he does forget them sometimes. He said he went to a friend's house and he had a 5 year old who hissed at him when he saw him. He said the kid told him ''get out of here.'' Howard said tattoos aren't that crazy now. James said you need one to get a job now. Howard asked what the ''Riff life'' tattoo means. James said that's what he does. He said it's his life. Howard asked if they look at an Adele song and see it as shit. James said if he daughter wants to sing a song with him he's going to do it. He said if he's doing it with his daughter it's cool. Howard asked where he did that cover of the Adele song. James said it was at a benefit show he was at. Howard asked if he listens to the pop songs and hears stuff that turns him on. Kirk said he listens to talk radio now. He said he can't listen to pop. Howard asked if James can listen to Justin Bieber. James said that he has to go along with it with his kids. He said there's music he's supposed to hate and his kids love and that's just the way it is. Howard said he loves that they put out a new album. Howard asked why they decided to do a new one because they could cruise along with their hits. Kirk said they want to make art. James said they know that route where you play the hits but they don't want that option right now. Kirk said they still have creative ideas that are relevant. He said they want to get them out and make music with them. James said they still haven't made a great record yet. Howard asked if they listen to their old stuff and don't hear a good album. James said absolutely. Robert said some of the older bands run out of ideas and go to outside writers but their thing is they have too many ideas. Howard asked about going to HQ and if they just go in and jam and start to play. Lars said they have hundreds of ideas. He said he had an iPod with 1500 ideas on it. He said they did that from jamming. He said they had sound checks and warm up sessions and all of that. James said he listen to that iPod for a whole summer. He brought it down to about 50 ideas and started jamming on those. Howard asked about doing ''Master of Puppets'' and who brought that riff to the session. Lars said he thinks that was James. James didn't remember but he said okay to that. He said as far as that stuff goes he doesn't think it matters that much. He said it was a contribution to what it was so that's the song. Howard said there's a documentary with Jimmy Page talking about Kashmir and how he came up with the riff to that. He thought that was really cool. Lars said they just have it as a collective and back in the 70s they were all to themselves so they remember that stuff. Howard said it's like communism. Lars said it's more like socialism. Howard said someone has to bring life to that riff. James said it's so weird to think about how they were the young guys performing ''Master of Puppets'' and now they see little kids in the audience yelling out ''Master!'' during the song. He said it's just like ''What!?'' when he sees that happening. Howard said this is a business and they didn't change their sound at all. Lars said they have felt like outsiders and they never felt like a part of the cool kids. He said that they felt like they were living in their own world. Howard asked if they feel accepted now. Lars said he feels like they still hover on the outer fringes. James said they can always find something they hate or that other people hate. He said they wanted to play what they wanted to hear because what they were hearing they hated.