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Go Backstage with Metallica, Flea

VIDEO + PHOTOS! SPIN.com interviews Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and RHCP bassist Flea backstage at last night's gig.

By: Peter Gaston // May 15, 2008

Sure, it was pandemonium when Metallica took the stage at L.A.’s Wiltern last night. Playing a venue about one-tenth the size of their normal touring abodes, the band powered through a classic-laden set and surely melted some faces (read our review).

But before the chaos, SPIN.com headed backstage and caught up with Lars Ulrich and Flea, speaking to both about their participation in last night’s event, which benefited the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a music school that Flea helped found. We asked both about the role music played in their lives as kids, and how they, in turn, influence young musicians today.

Watch their clips below, click here for backstage photos, and check out the Silverlake Conservatory’s website for more info on the organization.

Go to page 2 for more backstage photos!


Flea chatting with Spin‘s Mikael Wood / Photo by Andrea Labarge


Flea gets tuned, while James and Lars chat with the crew / Photo by Andrea Labarge


Metallica’s Lars Ulrich / Photo by Andrea Labarge