Metallica Film New Documentary Footage In Shanghai
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.16.2013
They talk about it...
During a press conference attended by Time Out Shanghai, the band revealed that they were filming new documentary footage in the city, which was their first visit to China. Here are highlights:
James Hetfield on playing in China for the first time: "I was very amazed at the response and the reaction, the energy that was given to us. I didn't expect it to be that intense. I was told that people would be sitting down and clapping and very polite. And that would be fine as well, but we were very excited to see people singing the words, joining in and becoming a part of the show, which is what we really love."
Lars Ulrich on filming a documentary: "New experiences bring opportunities for new collaborations and new creative endeavours - it's that simple. Being here in this wonderful country and feeling the energy and excitement, the idea came up to celebrate it and to try to document it and to try to get the experience out. As you know, there are a lot of you and there may be 20,000 of you who came to this arena yesterday and today so we figured that if we filmed and shared the experience then maybe we could get to more of you and maybe there could be a next level relationship between Metallica and China that could last for decades.
The idea came up fairly last minute and we love creative endeavours where we make it up as we go along. There's an impulsive energy that comes with that that can be very beautiful and kind of cool and the last few weeks this idea came together of filming here and maybe bringing some local bands into it and bringing some actors in and maybe some way bridging this into the Through the Never movie that we made in the United States. We are making this up as we go along, but it's all being documents - everything we do is always documented - so we're excited about that and we think that there is something cool that will come out of it. Whatever that is, we're not quite sure yet, but we'll do our best to make it shareable and worth everybody's while."
Kirk Hammett on touring with The Big Four (with Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth): "Those bands are definitely our peers, I don't know if they would classify as allies, but they are definitely within our generation. We all sort of came from the same sort of roots and that in itself is factual. For us, it's more a celebration of those four bands - us included - still being around and still making music in these times."