Don't you always wonder what the guys in Metallica are listening to? Sure, they still worship New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but their tastes have always flirted with other areas of music. Cliff Burton turned them on to bands like ZZ Top, Yes and Jethro Tull when they were on the road and Kirk Hammett was digging the heavier stuff two years ago when he sang the praises of Gojira's Magma. But what's Lars been listening to?

"When I'm working out or driving from point A to point B, I listen more to the Arctic Monkeys than anything else," the drummer told Maxim when asked what new music inspires him. "Their new album that came out in May is just an incredible record. It just makes you want to go back and revisit their whole catalog because each record is so different. You'd go back and revisit things from previous records and fall in love with them for different reasons than you did five years ago or eight years ago," he gushed.

Ulrich went all-in, applauding the English rockers some more when he declared, "I would say when I think of 2018, the main musical mainstay is definitely the Arctic Monkeys for me." He hasn't been all too preoccupied with music though, as he admitted, "But lately I've spent a lot of my free time seeing films."

Metallica have wrapped up touring for the year and will head back out on the road in mid-January as they hit North America once more on the "WorldWired" tour. See the list of stops below.

Metallica 2019 North American Tour Dates

Jan. 18 - Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
Jan. 20 - Little Rock, Ark. @ Verizon Arena
Jan. 22 - Birmingham, Alab. @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Jan. 24 - Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
Jan. 28 - Raleigh, N.C. @ PNC Arena
Jan. 30 - Cincinnati, Ohio @ U.S. Bank Arena
Feb. 01 - Cleveland, Ohio @ Quicken Loans Arena
Feb. 28 - El Paso, Texas @ Don Haskins Center
Mar. 02 - Lubbock, Texas @ United Supermarkets Arena
Mar. 04 - Wichita, Kan. @ Intrust Bank Arena
Mar. 06 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
Mar. 09 - Louisville, Ky. @ KFC Yum! Center
Mar. 11 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Mar. 13 - Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Van Andel Arena

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