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Lars Ulrich says Metallica might not exist without AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest

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Lars Ulrich, the beating heart behind Metallica’s drums, believes his band owes its existence to iconic rockers AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. These legends, alongside Metallica, are set to steal the show at the Power Trip festival in Indio, California, this Sunday, 8th October.

This much-awaited festival at Empire Polo Club features an array of rock giants. While Metallica is set to close the three-day event, the stage will also witness breathtaking performances from Tool, Guns N’ Roses, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC, marking their return to the live stage after a hiatus of seven years.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Ulrich poured his heart out, expressing his admiration for the other headliners at Power Trip. He nostalgically recalled his moments with these bands, from witnessing AC/DC for the first time in 1977 to touring with them in 1991. He also shared his instant connection with Guns N’ Roses upon hearing ‘Mr. Brownstone’ and reminisced about performing with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Tool.

Highlighting the impact of AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest on Metallica, he said, “Those trios ignited our passion for music. Sharing the stage with them now feels surreal.”

Ulrich also delved into what sets Power Trip apart from other music festivals. Drawing a parallel with the Desert Trip festival in 2016, which featured legendary acts like the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, he emphasized the unique appeal of having only the crème de la crème headline on a single stage. As a rock aficionado, he eagerly anticipates immersing himself in the music throughout the festival, savoring every performance.

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