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Eavis: Metallica 'played like their lives depended on it'

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has hailed this year's festival as a "great success," saying last night's headliners, Metallica, had played "like their lives depended on it".

James Hetfield of Metallica performs. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The veteran rockers performed on the Pyramid stage last night, despite calls to ban the group after it emerged front man James Hetfield will narrate a TV series about hunting bears.

Metallica performs on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The heavy metal act burst into classic hit Creeping Death after showing a short film poking fun at the controversy their slot has created.

Robert Trujillo of Metallica performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festiva Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Eavis previously defended the decision to have Metallica as one of this year's three headliners on the Pyramid Stage, saying no other band had ever been so "keen" to play.


Metallica confirmed as Glastonbury headline act

The organisers of Glastonbury have confirmed Metallica as the final headline act of this year's festival. The metal band top the bill alongside Kasabian and Arcade fire and will play the Pyramid stage on the Saturday night of the weekend.

Singer and guitarist of the band Metallica James Hetfield and bass player Robert trujillo

Metallica have sold more than 100 million albums around the world and were formed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in 1981,

Metallica available on Spotify after landmark agreement

Metallica had previously kept its music off streaming services and had sued Napster in 2000. Credit: Spotify

Metallica's back catalogue is available on music streaming service Spotify for the first time after a landmark agreement between the two parties.

The company made several announcements at a New York event that included a conversation between Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and Spotify backer Sean Parker, who also co-founded Napster and and was an early investor in Facebook.

Ulrich said the decision to join Spotify coincided with the fact the band now owns its entire catalogues of music.

Spotify also revealed that it has 20 million active users worldwide and that it has added a Twitter-like functionality that allows users to follow one another as well as celebrities and music producers.