Lars Ulrich discussed Metallica’s 2000 legal battle with Napster, telling Music Week:
“I don’t really look at it like a victory or a defeat.
“From my perspective, it was more of a street fight than a crusade. It was more a personal thing than, ‘Here we are, trying to save business.’ It wasn’t really like that.
“In a nutshell, somebody fucked with us, so we fucked with them back and all of a sudden it blew up into this thing about morals. It became something else. You could call us ignorant.
“The biggest mistake we made… We underestimated what this meant to such a large amount of people.
“That comes from a good place because we always try to have our blinders on – we never let the commercialization of something interfere with our actions. We didn’t realize quite the significance of what we were getting into. It was literally about control.”
Lars also discussed the band’s Orion Festival, saying:
“Orion is our thing. At the right time and right place, we would definitely bring that back.
“‘Hey! Let’s start our own festival!’ That takes three and a half seconds to say and three and a half billion hours to put together.
“Anybody who started a festival will tell you it’s probably a 5-to-10-year commitment, we rolled the dice and neither of the set-ups we threw ourselves into was ultimately the right set-up.
“We gave it two shots in America and neither were right. I think we’ve talked about maybe doing something in Europe. That will definitely roll back around.”