Metallica debuted their new single “The Lord of Summer” on Sunday, March 16th at the opening show of their South American Tour in Bogota, Columbia. The song was the last in a list of 17 chosen by the fans for the entire concert. The live performance was caught by numerous cameras and cell phones and then compiled into one video for the songs internet appearance.
Guitarist Kirk Hammett claims the band has been quite fortunate in their creative process saying, “We’re a band that never has a shortage of ideas… You know, you hear about these bands that are like, oh, they’re sitting in the studio and they don’t have any songs, what are they gonna do? That’s not Metallica. Metallica’s problem is the total opposite: we have too many ideas, which ones are we gonna use. And so that’s pretty much how it stands with us.”
The band is still working on their next album after the almost six years since their last record, “Death Magnetic” in 2008, however “The Lords of Summer” may not make it to the next album according to drummer Lars Ulrich. “We did the same thing when we went out and played a bunch of dates in 2006. We were writing and played two different new songs over the course of that summer, and none of them made the record.”
Certainly fans would advise against such a practices, but we will all have to wait to see if “The Lords of Summer” makes it to the next album or not. Should it? Or should the band head back to the studio? What are your thoughts?