“Metallica are one of my favourite bands of all time, so I’ve had to sort of split myself in two. One half is the private Tobias Forge. He’s a big fan and has been since he was a kid. He’s a collector of all things Metallica! Then there’s the 37-year-old version of myself: the musician who’s effectively one of their colleagues.
“I guess you would say we are friends at this point. We’re on a talkative, texting basis. We try to stay in touch with each other. We are all very busy people, obviously, and we all have lives outside our jobs, so [contact] is very sporadic.
“We’ve played together in the past, but we’ve never gotten to go out on a night-after-night basis. I was very happy to be asked. I mean, holy shit! Imagine if I’d known that when I went to see them on the Black Album tour. Even my 22-year-old self would’ve – to paraphrase Lars Ulrich – been asking to share those drugs.
“It’s going to be very special. Fans should expect us to deliver a different production. It’s a good set length, too. I think we’ll be playing about an hour. Obviously, though, we’re going to have to change things up from our two-and-a-half-hour headline set…”
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