Metallica probably didn't envison becoming victims of an underground backlash after they filed suit against Napster on April 13. But the always fan-attentive metal men want to take out some time to explain themselves and counter accusations -- from fans and Napster-supporting artists like Limp Bizkit and Offspring -- that greed is the motivating factor in their case against Napster, the now infamous Internet music-swapping software company.
Thus, at 8 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, May 2, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Jason Newsted will conduct a thirty-minute chat at both www.artistdirect.com/metallica
to answer fans' questions and concerns about their recent legal tangles.
The chat will also give Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich a chance to address PayLars.com
, a Web site that mockingly offers Metallica fans the opportunity to help the band recoup the money it's lost due to Napster. According to the site's creator August Nelson Inc., PayLars.com
is giving "Metallica fans the chance to make a donation to the band to make up for all the revenue the band thinks it's losing to online MP3 trading."
According to a band statement, Metallica hope the chat will help them explain what they call "a very complicated issue with larger implications that our fans may not completely understand."
"We've always valued and respected our fans and wanted to discuss with them directly why we have brought this suit and answer their questions and address their concerns directly," said the statement.
Written by JAAN UHELSZKI for RollingStone.com News