AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson reveals whats he thinks about Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. He also comments on their 1991’s “Black Album” achievement.
In the 90s Metallica was increasingly known and getting many new fans for their music. Also, their fifth studio album “Black Album” wast out on August 12th, 1991, via Elektra Records. This album also was recorded in Los Angeles. And, the recording of the album was troubled and the band had a tough time. However, and, during production, the band came into conflict with their new producer, Bob Rock. He also a most controversial producer in the music business. This album sound from the thrash metal style of the previous four albums to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal.
In a recent interview with Life on the Road is the YouTube series, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson talked with drummer Lars Ulrich about Metallica’s “Black Album” and more:
“You guys came on, and I said, ‘I’ve got to check these guys out.’ And I remember it started with ‘Enter Sandman,’ and I remember listening to that… And everybody’s putting things in boxes – hard rock, thrash metal, diddly-dudley… And I remember listening to it and going, ‘That’s rock ‘n’ roll…’
It was the drums that had a swing to it that regular thrash metal didn’t have.
“You got to remember our musical roots were much more in you guys, and Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin… We were much more in the harder rock ‘n’ roll stuff, so we just started playing it a little faster as we went along.”
“Thanks in part to the success of ‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘Black Album’ came into the American charts at No. 1. And as the Monsters of Rock tour rolled on, we found ourselves headlining above the band who at the time had the biggest-selling album in America.
One show that stands out main memory more than anything was that time we shared a stage in Moscow – and we were in Barcelona – we got the call from Yeltsin. Well, not him personally, but it said, ‘You must come up to Moscow because the coup is over, and we promised the kids.’ They wanted to rock ‘n’ roll.”
And Lars added:
“First of all, the whole experience – because, as you say, it was a show that was added on literally within a couple of weeks. There was a change of the regime all over Eastern Europe, and that was Russia’s turn.
And from what I was told, the government negotiated with the students and with the kids that as part of the settlement they were going to get a rock concert. I was told there were half a million people there.”
You can watch the entire interview below!