“There are two very bad things happening in our little [metal] world.
“It’s the mudslinging, shit-talking websites and it’s the trend that it’s cool to hate bands that you’re not in.
“I don’t think I’ve ever named a band that I don’t like. And as far as the websites that say bad stuff about people, I don’t get why people even go there.
“I remember when we first started in Metallica, the music magazines would come and it was so important to us what was in there.
“It wasn’t until Malcolm Dome [Kerrang, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, TotalRock Radio] and a couple of other guys started to get really popular that the face of the magazine changed a little bit, and then you started to see certain writers becoming more important than the people they were covering.
“It was no longer music news, it became music op ed.
“I don’t mind hearing a review of a record, but for all the interviews to be sprinkled with all this shit-talking about the artist, that ain’t cool man, who do you think you are?
“When I was in Japan hosting the Classic Rock Awards, Jimmy Page was there and Jimmy’s one of my heroes.
“The thought of me doing an interview with him and insulting him, or trying to see how I can make him look bad during an interview… why would you interview somebody if that was your purpose?”