Metallica manager: “There’s nobody even close to them”
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Metallica‘s longtime co-manager Peter Mensch told Music Week in a new interview that he doesn’t know where the “next Metallica” will come from or if there will ever be a band like that again. Mensch explained, “There’s nobody even close to them. Look, you can make the point that Stone Roses begat Oasis and Pulp and Blur who begat Radiohead, Coldplay, Muse even. We’re still waiting for the next Metallica. I get plenty of e-mails saying, ‘We’re the next Metallica,’ and then they send me s**tty music. But there’s nobody else.”
- On the success of Metallica’s latest LP, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, and last summer’s sold-out North American stadium tour, Mensch said, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder. They put out a great record. They hadn’t put out a record in eight years, it was quality music and then they went and played a bunch of quality shows . . . in America where they just completed an absolutely sold-out stadium tour, they hadn’t played in eight years.”
- Mensch and partner Cliff Burnstein have been managing Metallica since 1984. Mensch explained what made the relationship work, saying, “It’s really simple. We like each other and we respect each other. That’s the bottom line.”
- Hardwired…To Self-Destruct topped Billboard magazine’s year-end Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. The disc, which came out in November 2016, sold 1.1 million copies in the 2017 chart year, the only rock album to top 800,000 units.
- Metallica also recently made Forbes magazine’s list of the highest paid musicians of 2017, earning $66.5 million.
SIDE NOTES: Mensch and Burnstein founded Q Prime Management in 1982 with one client, Def Leppard. Over the years they have managed or consulted dozens of acts. Their current roster includes Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Volbeat, Disturbed, the Black Keys, Cage The Elephant and others.