Metallica is psyched about the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in Cleaveland later tonight. The band’s drummer Lars Ulrich tells People magazine “It’s mind-blowing. It’s very, very cool. We’re ready for this and we’re psyched.”
The legendary rock band, who has been together for 28 years, includes 45-year-old singer James Hetfield, 46-year-old guitarist Kirk Hammett and 44-year-old bassist Robert Trujillo. They will join the ranks of only a handful heavy acts when they take the Cleveland stage tonight.
Ulrich added, “Obviously they’ve been pretty selective with the harder rock bands that have gained entrance over the years. AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath – so that’s very good company to be in.”
Hammett adds, “We’re road dogs and road warriors. We’ve had our ups and down like everyone else, and we’ve lived a large portion of our lives through his band. To have this induction amidst all that we’ve been through is very cool.”
Other 2009 performer inductees include Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & the Imperials, and Bobby Womack. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will induct Metallica tonight – 8 p.m. and will air live on Fuse TV. Eminem will do the honors for Run-D.M.C.