The once-chummy relationship between legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin and METALLICA appears to have cooled down considerably in the recent years, if Halfin's postings on his official web site are anything to go by. In the "gallery" section of the site, Halfin displays several exclusive pictures of Ulrich and co. accompanied by the following commentary from the photographer:
"I really don't know where to start putting photos up. I've no intention of putting them up in any particular order. I just have too much and I'm not anal enough to remember all the dates, though I'm not bad at remembering where they were taken. I'll try and put up stuff that people haven't seen, like Lars playing a flaming drum kit in Rio. He didn't want anyone to see the pictures. I'm serious — the kit looked like it belonged to POISON.
"I'm not going to write any stories or anecdotes as I'm not particularly close to them any more (well, I'm superficially friendly and let's face it....so are they, when they want something). Let's just say Lars has a very annoying habit of coming up to see how you are and as he's shaking your hand and talking to you, he's looking over your shoulder to see if there's someone better he should be talking to. But without him, the band would not be where they are.
"I'm not a big fan of them...they used to always find this quite funny. But success and money has given them humour bypass surgery — they don't laugh at themselves as much as they used to, or should. Still a great live band though. Ignore the 'Black Album' (I'm still pissed off they used my pictures on the cover with no credit), check out 'Kill 'em All'."