In preparation for their next tour in support of their album 72 Seasons, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich alluded to the possibility of inviting Bob Dylan, one of their famous followers, to join them onstage. The well-known composer has spoken out about seeing Metallica twice in recent years.
Dylan listed Metallica, along with Alex Turner, Eminem, Nick Cave, and Wu-Tang, as one of the few artists he has recently seen live in a rare interview from last year.
Ulrich tried to get Dylan to join them onstage when he spoke to NME by sending him a telegram that said, “I have one thing to say to him: ‘Bob, you’re welcome at any Metallica show anywhere in the world at any time – but please come backstage and say hello. We’d love to meet you and pay our respects!”.
Along with praising Metallica, Dylan also confessed his admiration for Ronnie James Dio, listing the Rainbow song “Stargazer” as one of his favorites. Ulrich noted that younger fans, many of whom were introduced to Metallica through their music appearing on Stranger Things, were present at recent Metallica concerts in addition to rock superstars. Ulrich found this to be refreshing.
Dylan might be able to see Metallica at the highly anticipated Power Trip event in October, which will also include AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, and Tool. Of course, Dylan performed at the equally packed Desert Trip festival in 2016, which was organized by the business Goldenvoice.
Before the new album’s release on April 14th, Ulrich imagined that his youthful self would be pleased to have contributed to its creation.