It’s been fourteen years since Metallica went to war with Napster, and I can still remember the furor very vividly. In fact, Metallica’s fanbase took a big hit from their war with Napster, and after the disaster of their album St Anger, it looked like the band was basically done for.
Funny enough, Lars Ulrich is now friends with Napster founder Sean Parker, and also attended his wedding. Ulrich realized in hindsight he could have handled things better, and as James Hetfield told Blabbermouth and Crave, “As you get older, you’re able to get past certain roadblocks mentally and friendship-wise, like things with Megadeth.
“[Lars] was wanting to do something,” Hetfield continued. “He had a vision and had no idea what the consequences would be. I think we’ve learned a lot, like from the Some Kind of Monster movie and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seeing all these bands that can’t even show up and play together because they’re arguing about something that happened 20 years ago and they can’t celebrate a great moment…Life’s too short for stuff like that.”