Ulrich was speaking to NME for today’s (September 17) Big Read cover feature, the place Metallica and well-known followers – together with Royal Blood drummer Ben Thatcher – shared their love for ‘The Black Album’ upon its thirtieth anniversary.
For brand new covers album ‘The Metallica Blacklist’, Royal Blood covered ‘Sad But True’, and within the characteristic Ulrich remembered how he and his household fell in love with the Brighton duo’s music upon the discharge of their debut album.
Saying he examine Royal Blood “probably in the NME when the first album came out,” Ulrich stated that “our whole family fell in love with it”, including: “It was my kids’ favourite band and favourite album. The first time they played in San Fran, my wife and I met them and hung out. We ended up driving them around and showing them the landmarks.”
Royal Blood. CREDIT: Jennifer McCord for NME
Revealing that his eldest son’s first band as soon as had six Royal Blood covers of their stay set, he stated: “They were basically a Royal Blood cover band!” he laughs. “Now he and his brother have a band down in LA referred to as Taipei Houston.
“They’re a two-piece very much inspired by Royal Blood so still even seven-eight years later, Royal Blood is a big part of our family’s musical enjoyment.”
Reflecting on the feedback, Thatcher informed NME: “It’s crazy! To have someone like that back your band and not just back it, but think that you’re great, is such a nice feeling.”
Reviewing covers album ‘The Metallica Blacklist’, NME wrote: “This is a record that makes ‘DONDA’ look positively zippy. Inevitably, the record descends into a series of multi-band cover-offs, the listener acting as Caesar, deciding which ‘winning’ version should really have made the cut. Half the time you feel like you’re doing the compiler’s job for them.”
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