Metallica's "Some Kind of Monster" Documentary
When: January 21st, 2004
The members of Metallica were having trouble both as a band (recording their eighth album, St. Anger) and as a group of human beings trying to get along. So they decided to enter group therapy...and film it for a documentary. As would be expected, it was excruciating to watch. The psychobabble about "feelings" and "hearing" each other was about as far away from rock ’n' roll as anything could ever be. But when their shrink, Phil Towle, started offering suggestions to James Hetfield about song lyrics, well, you knew everyone involved with this was very, very lost. "I am aware a lot of other musicians seem to have lived a lot of those moments," Ulrich told the Sydney Herald Sun earlier this year. "They weren't necessarily stupid enough to film them like we were and share them with the rest of the world."