Throughout the first 34 years of their career thus far, Metallica really haven’t been that political of a band. Granted, “Disposable Heroes” and “One” are anti-war songs, but “Don’t Tread on Me” is kind of a pro-war one. And while they’re a mass-appeal enough of a band that they probably don’t ever want to publicly endorse any opinion, they’re certainly starting to speak their minds a bit. Kirk Hammett went off on the alt-right and compared President Trump’s inauguration speech to Hitler’s speeches.
Lars Ulrich was recently a guest on Mexico’s Las Estrellas network as the band played three shows in Mexico City, and came out against Trump’s plan to build a wall between Mexico and America and make Mexico pay for it:
“I don’t think the world needs any walls. I think we need to bring people together. Metallica travels all over the world, and through music we try to bring people together. So whether we’re in Mexico or whether we’re in Asia or whether we’re in Europe or whatever, we encourage as many different people from as many different backgrounds to come together and share music and life and culture and all these experiences.”
That sounds a little hippieish, but it’s really the first time Lars has gotten political and as a Dutch immigrant that now calls the United States his home, he’s certainly got the right to talk about it.