Drummer disappointed when Bieber photoshoot fails – as Metallica manager suggests they’ll end Euro tours to make more money elsewhere

Lars Ulrich

Mischief-maker: Lars Ulrich

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich got upset when Metallica missed a chance to screw with their fans.

They’d hoped to pose for a photo with teen pop star Justin Bieber and Lulu collaborator Lou Reed. But when plans fell through Ulrich couldn’t hide his disappointment.

He said: “Can you imaging that picture? Metallica, Lou Reed and Justin Bieber? We could have put it out that this is our next project. The fans would go fucking crazy.

“People already accuse us of betraying metal by working with Lou. Wait till they hear what we can do with Bieber…”

In the same interview with the Telegraph, art rocker Reed defended his notorious album with the thrash giants by saying most people weren’t clever enough to understand it.

“We did a sensual thing. Not just ‘I got released from rehab this week, yay.’ I don’t like the word ‘rock opera’ but I’m trying to write on that level that’s reserved for plays, still, or novels.

“This is for people who are literate. This isn’t ‘I cry in my beer cos you fucked him and ran your truck through my bar’.”

Meanwhile, Metallica manager Cliff Burnstein has confirmed the band will tour in Europe next year rather than in 2013, because he doesn’t think they’ll be able to make enough money there after 2012.

Burnstein, who also looks after the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Def Leppard and the Scorpions, tells the Wall Street Journal: “Over the next few years the dollar will be stronger and the euro weaker. If that’s the case I want to take advantage of that by paying more of these shows now, because they will be more profitable for us.

“Prices in Europe are much higher and this isn’t a sustainable situation.

“We’re a US export the same way Coca-Cola is. We look for the best markets to go to – right now Indonesia is on my watch list.”

Metallica are already confirmed to headline the Download festival at Donington, UK, in June next year, where they’ll play their Black Album in full.

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