Lars Ulrich Defends Metallica’s Decision To Tour With Pantera

Metallica and Pantera go way back, and apparently, the reunited and ‘canceled’ band will join them on a couple of shows at their upcoming M72 World Tour. Drummer Lars Ulrich shared with Revolver that even though there have been so many opinions about the band, whether it be the reunion or controversies surrounding Phil Anselmo, he is very much on board with musicians fulfilling their creative ambitions.

The return of Pantera with core members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown, along with Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, was a big deal in and of itself in the community, as everyone had opinions about the reunion without Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul.

If that wasn’t enough, they were more recently under fire for the ongoing racism accusations against Anselmo, leading to two German festivals canceling their performances. However, the band won’t budge as they arranged two other performances to show everyone they are not giving up.

Ulrich shared that he is on Pantera’s side regarding them keeping their heads up and going after what they set out to do with the reunion and with their passion for the band’s legacy. He added that having them on tour with them for a few of the shows will be fun.

Lars Ulrich’s words about Pantera taking the stage regardless of criticisms read:

“I think that the idea that they’re out celebrating the music and the magic of Pantera. I know there’s been a lot of talk in the community about whether people support that, but I’m the type of person who, if Glenn Hughes wants to go out and play a Deep Purple set, I will support that.”

“I’m always in favor of people following their musical and creative ambitions, so this Pantera reunion is good. And obviously, having Charlie [Benante] up there is great. I saw a video from one of Mexico’s shows that felt like they were in the pocket. It’ll be fun to have them out.”

Metallica’s new album, ’72 Seasons’, will be released on April 14th, and the world tour will kick off on April 27th. Not long to go until you can catch Metallica on the road and also give Pantera a chance on a few selected dates they will get the chance to perform.