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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Speaks On The The First-Ever ‘Day Of Service’ For The Band’s Charitable Foundation


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May 23rd saw Metallica hold their first-ever ‘Day Of Service’ via their All Within My Hands Foundation. Through the initiative the band rallied fans across the United States to partake in helping out at local food banks via feedingamerica.org. Those who registered in cities the band played on their 2017 U.S. summer tour were also eligible for certain perks from the band as well. In addition to numerous fans taking part, the band themselves also rolled up their sleeves and helped out at a variety of different organizations.

The band’s drummer Lars Ulrich has now spoken on the success of the charitable event to Rollingstone.com, while also outlining some of the future plans for the All Within My Hands Foundation. Read on for what he had to say:

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“We have an incredible life. We are very fortunate to travel the world, playing music and connecting with people in live settings, creating intimacy and sharing an experience. As we continue this endeavor into our fourth decade, the notion of others participating in the goodwill and good fortune that’s generated from this incredible journey is one that has been impossible to ignore for many years.

Being in Metallica, our language and culture have always had a bit of cynicism as part of the main driving force: ask questions, don’t trust, don’t believe, etc. For many years, we were quite skeptical about certain elements of the charitable path that we saw some of our peers in the entertainment world take. We would at best be doubtful about the grandstanding that others often took in their efforts that ended up primarily looking like they were patting themselves on their backs and trying to steal the spotlight away from their supposed good deeds.

So for many years, Metallica gave back almost 100 percent under the radar. In cities we would play, we would work closely with food banks and not only make sure that the massive amounts of uneaten meals from the backstage catering and dressing rooms would end up in the hands of the needy, but also support these local charities with donations.

A couple of years ago, as we started looking ahead to the live campaign for the Hardwired … to Self-Destruct cycle, we decided that we were at a point where we were ready to go public with our goodwill endeavors. Maybe advanced age erodes the cynicism?

Maybe the possibilities of reaching people in today’s social-media climate seemed too good to suppress? Whatever the reason, there was a natural, effortless transition to not only feeling comfortable with talking about our efforts but being ready to shout them loud and proud from every rooftop and every soapbox possible. So we created our All Within My Hands Foundation.

A year and a half later, our foundation is now up and running. And even though we’re still finding our feet, I’m proud to say that it feels like we’re on the path to something that is really making a difference…”

Read on at Rollingstone.com.

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