With a new album just over the horizon, Metallica are on a major PR offensive and doing all sorts of interviews.Â Today was the turn of the Guardian, with a full-page spread.Â It covers a lot of the same ground as other articles, but does contain this decent quote from James Hetfield:
Politics bore me. Politics separate people, especially where we’re from.Â Politics rarely brings people together.
Makes a lot of sense to me, despite having been involved in politics to varying degrees over the years, but then he also says:
I really dislike it when celebrities get up on a soapbox and start giving their opinion.Â It shouldn’t be more valid because you’re popular.
I do think it is a valid point that politics separate people though.Â The whole nature of politics is point-scoring and nay-saying and I can see how that can be boring.Â I find it a bit tedious myself, but its unavoidable isn’t it?Â Â The whole business is a bit like the prisoners’ dilemma: if both sides give up it is more constructive overall, but if only one gives up they lose.
The only conclusion I can come to is that the new Metallica CD would make a great birthday present….