Official poster for Mission to Lars
Lars Ulrich sees a bit of Rush in Arctic Monkeys
According to the weekly publication NME via their online site, Lars Ulrich is not only an Arctic Monkey’s fan, he wanted the UK indie band at Metallica’s Orion Festival in New Jersey.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ulrich said: “For me, having the Arctic Monkeys on there is big. I think they're a heavy metal band disguised as an indie band…. there's almost a Rush element in there.''
Looks like Ulrich ultimately got his wish as the Sheffield band is set to play the Orion Music festival when it starts its inaugural showing on June 23 and 24 near Atlantic City in New Jersey. [GBSN]
Ulrich touched by Mission to Lars
Speaking of Lars Ulrich, according to the Daily Express, the Metallica drummer said he found watching the new movie depicting a disabled fan’s undying commitment to meet Metallica “deeply moving.”
The movie, entitled Mission to Lars, depicts Tom Spicer, who has been diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome, and his sister Kate as they attempt to meet Metallica and the boy’s hero, Lars Ulrich.
Ulrich said: "I thought the film was deeply moving. Meeting Tom and Kate, when they came out to film, it was an experience in itself. But seeing the film and reconnecting with the team was another experience.
"It's not something we're directly involved in - it's their film, their journey. But we're supportive of their endeavor. We don't want to take it over and have it turn into some kind of vanity project.
"It's a great testament into a world I didn't know much about and a great testament to the importance of music and what it means to different people." [GBSN]
Former Bob Welch Bandmates Share Thoughts
And finally, last Friday we reported the unexpected death of Fleetwood Mac’s Bob Welch caused by self inflicted gunshot to the chest. Over the weekend, former bandmates shared their thoughts on Welch’s untimely passing.
“He was an amazing guitar player -- he was funny, sweet and he was smart," Stevie Nicks recalled in an officially released statement. "I'm so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac. So, so sad."
In an interview with Reuters, Mick Fleetwood said: "He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking. He was a huge part of our history, which sometimes gets forgotten…. Mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us."
Although Bob Welch was never officially in the band at the same time as Nicks (or replacement guitarist Lindsey Buckingham for that matter), he is credited with transitioning the band from their blues heavy roots to the more pop-centric sound that Fleetwood Mac is known for, garnering them worldwide fame – albeit after Welch’s departure. Welch’s four years in the band, 1971 to 1974, is known by fans as the “transition period.” [GBSN]