METALLICA took a few knocks when they went to war with Napster back in the day . . . even from their own fans, who thought they were acting like rich, greedy A-holes.
And LARS ULRICH now admits they should have, quote, “educated ourselves better about what the other side were thinking and what the real issues were” before getting into it. Especially since their beef was NEVER ABOUT MONEY.
It all started when their song “I Disappear” leaked early, and started getting radio play. He says, quote, “We traced it back to this company Napster, and as you did in those days, it was, like, ‘Well, let’s go [eff] with Napster then.'”
That’s how they ended up in the middle of that enormous POOPSTORM, even though they were totally in support of bootlegging and tape trading at the time.
He says, quote, “It was just about, ‘Wait a minute! If we’re gonna give away our music . . . maybe WE should do it, or maybe somebody should ask our permission.’
“And then that back-alley street fight went public and worldwide and then we were completely caught off guard.”