Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has explained the effect that meeting Motorhead when he was 16 had on him. He says, “There was this openness to let people into their inner circle, and it motivated me. I had met this kid, James Hetfield, about six months before – I could tell he was a super-cool guy, but nothing much came out of that interaction.
“Later in the week after I got back, I called him up and said, ‘We’ve got to form a band together. I just hung out with Motorhead. I’m feeling it, this otherworldly calling.’
“So when I say that Lemmy is the primary reason that I’m in a band to this day, and that Metallica exists because of him, it’s not some cheap exaggeration. It really was. They took me in, they let me be a part of what they were doing, and it inspired James and I to form this band based on that attitude and that aesthetic. We were just a bunch of lost kids who wanted to belong to something that was bigger than ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammet has explained, “When I had first seen pictures of these guys, I noticed a certain authenticity about them. I imagined they lived the way they looked and looked the way they lived.
“I remember very distinctly having a realisation that it was okay to be an outsider. It was okay to not feel like I had to conform to anything that I objected to in my teenage life – because, clearly, the Motorhead guys in this picture looked like they didn’t conform to anything at all, and boy, it sure looked and sounded like they were enjoying themselves as a result. So I got a lot from that pic and that massive sound and that attitude.”