Speaking with Metallica's fan zine So What? Magazine, Lars was asked how he deals with the hate. Lars admitted that early on, he would read everything and get worked up but then soon realized that none of that matters.
“Unlike years ago, I basically don’t read any of the interviews that the other guys do. 20 or 30 years ago, we would all sit and fucking read every page of ‘Kerrang’ and every page of ‘Circus Magazine,’ see what so-and-so’s saying and what the other band members were saying, what James was saying about this and that. Now there’s just none of that. I also don’t really read what people say about Metallica.
“I’ll say that occasionally, once every six months or something like that, it’s kind of fun to go through the trolling section just because of the ridiculousness of all of it, but it’s not something that I do regularly anymore.
“20 years ago, it would’ve been, ‘Oh, my God, somebody said something bad,’ or, ‘That person said a nasty comment in the comments section,’ or whatever. Now, none of that really means anything to me.”
When the interviewer brought up a theoretical interviewer asking Lars Ulrich about Napster for the hundredth time, Lars kicked back “But I’m so over – I’m literally immune to it. We just did a bunch of interviews, and sometimes, if I am being interviewed by a journalist who is also a fan, they’ll say, ‘When people say Lars Ulrich is a shitty drummer, I defend you.’
“Which is cool, but I’ve got to tell you, 20 years later, 30 years later, it just doesn’t register anymore. I am so comfortable with who I am, I’m so comfortable with who Metallica is, I’m so comfortable with our place in all of it."
I had it to Lars for being so at peace with his place in the world. I'm sure it helps when you are ridiculously rich. In this same interview, Lars made was reflective of how the band dealt with James Hetfield's return to rehab. Read the entire interview (free sign up required) here.
Metallica just performed an acoustic set, with reworked versions of "Disposable Heroes" and "Blackened."