Lars Ulrich Tells How Therapist PHIL TOWLE Saved METALLICA

Lars Ulrich has praised the therapist Phil Towle who memorably mediated between Metallica members in the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster.

Ulrich spoke about the process during a conversation with singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers for Rolling Stone.

“One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen is in the METALLICA documentary [Some Kind of Monster], when your therapist [Phil Towle] slides over [and suggests] lyrics. I was like, ‘Oh, my God’”, Bridgers said.

“It was a very transitional, experimental time,” Lars explained. “We’d been a band for 20 years, and we realised we never had a f*cking conversation about how we’re feeling, what being in METALLICA is doing to everybody. It was just this f*cking machine. 

“And then [JamesHetfield had to go away and deal with some of his [substance abuse] issues, and then that opened up this whole thing.

“It was a difficult time with Phil,” Lars added. “And as easy [of] a target as he is to make fun of, whenever I get asked about it now, I find myself defending him. He did save the fucking band. I think you and I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to each other if it wasn’t for him.”