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METALLICA: What's With the Four Snares Sound?

Pantera & Metallica In Concert - East Rutherford, NJ

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Lars Ulrich said Metallica put a lot of thought into how to stage their M72 shows in the round -- but admits he didn't expect to have so much drum gear on stage each night.

Ulrich tells the New York Times, "This is the first time we've done a 360-degree stage in a stadium setup. We tried to crack the code on that for years. Everything that we had done always had a center point. We were going down this rabbit hole a year ago, and all of a sudden it was like, 'Well, hang on, why does the band have to be in the center?'

"It was like, What's the opposite of the band being in the center? And that would be the fans being in the center. And that's when we came up with the doughnut concept, where you play on the doughnut itself and then the fans are in the doughnut hole."

As for all the drum gear on stage, Ulrich explains, "Then the concept of the four drum kits -- one drum kit in each of the four different directions -- came up, and then it sort of went from there...

"You know, all this…makes a lot of sense when it's in an E-mail or it looks really good on a napkin. Nine months later you’re in the first venue trying to figure out what…you're doing."

Friday, August 18, 2023 - 11:21 AM

Lasr Ulrich explained how Metallica ended up with four drum kits on stage.

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Fri, 08/18/2023 - 11:21

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