Eavis Defends Metallica Glastonbury Decision
Metallica were chosen to headline Glastonbury this year because they were apparently more "keen" than any other band has ever been.
There has been growing opposition to the decision with many music fans believing their heavy metal sound does not fit with the "hippy" vibe.
But organiser Michael Eavis said he is looking forward to watching Metallica play in a couple of weeks, along with Kasabian, Arcade Fire and dozens of other acts.
"We have been going for so long that people don't expect us to put on a heavy metal band, " he said.
"We had Rage Against The Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past, but this is not a typical headline.
"We usually have bands like Radiohead, Coldplay and U2, the Rolling Stones, but I am really looking forward to them.
"There's no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play, they will do the best set of their lives here."
It takes a year to plan the huge event which welcomes 135,000 people.
During the festival, Mr Eavis walks 12 hours every day around the 1,200-acre site to soak up as much as possible, including his favourite haunts.
"At 2.30 in the morning the Bullring, which is built from old lock gates from Devizes, is a lively place to be," he said.
"I have never seen anything like it. There's a gardening and herb area run by proper gardeners and that is particularly lovely at 4.30am.
"I don't camp, I'm on my legs the whole time. Setting up takes a whole year so when it happens I can't miss anything, I have to see every small thing."
Mr Eavis, who first hosted the event in 1970, is still cautious of its longevity at Worthy Farm.
"The main thing is that it has been going for 44 years and it is still going," he said. "I always approach the festival as if it is the last one, there are so many things that could happen.
"Cattle disease or other diseases - all these things could actually prevent us from carrying on, but I have said that for the last 44 years.
"I have a degree of optimism but I am realistic to know that things could go wrong at any time."
Glastonbury opens its gates on Wednesday June 25, with the main bands playing from Friday June 27.