Metallica frontman James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo , say they can relate to fans who say Metallica’s music has made a deep connection with them.

When asked Boise radio station 100.3 The X Rocks’ host Big J, what it was like when a fan approach(es) them to say that their music had saved their life.

Hetfield responded, “I know what they mean, because it saved my life. So, yeah, join the club.”

Guitarist Hammett then puts up his hand and says, “Yeah, me too.”

Hetfield continues, “That is the ultimate connection – something I’ve felt: Some fear, some anxiety, whatever it may be. My viewpoint of the world is totally off kilter, it’s defective, and then when someone comes up to you and says, ‘What you’ve written down or what you’ve created has helped me’ that’s more of a connection.

You haven’t spoken any words – you’ve just felt what that person is feeling, even though it might be different. Everyone loves it when someone tells their story. Someone’s saying, ‘That guy is singing to me’ or ‘That song is about me.’”

Trujillo says that music is the “ultimate conduit” and adds “With music, and the magic of music, you’re making people happy.

“I used to run in the mountains to Metallica music back on the Ride The Lightning album, so there’s always a place for it, and it’s almost always positive for most people. Music is like magic in my mind, it’s really special.”

Remaining Metallica 2018/2019 North American tour dates

Dec 5: Portland Moda Center, OR
Dec 7: Sacramento Golden 1 Center, CA
Dec 9: Fresno Save Mart Center, CA
Dec 12: Spokane Arena, WA

Jan 20: Little Rock Verizon Arena, AR
Jan 22: Birmingham Legacy Arena At The BJCC, AL
Jan 24: Nashville Bridgestone Arena, TN
Jan 28: Raleigh PNC Arena, NC
Jan 30: Cincinnati US Bank Arena, OH

Feb 1: Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena, OH
Feb 28: El Paso Don Haskins Center, TX

Mar 2: Lubbock United Supermarkets Arena, TX
Mar 4: Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS
Mar 6: Kansas City Sprint Center, MO
Mar 9: Louisville KFC Yum Center, KY
Mar 11: Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldshouse, IN

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  • Doug on

    Metallica did not save my life, but I totally get what they are saying. If I did not have music in my life, I don’t know what I would do.

  • Doug R. on

    Somebody should pass this story on to Eric “it’s only music” Singer. I can relate to every word they just said, I can’t imagine life without music.

  • Mr. Rock And Roll on

    Doug R.: I agree. Eric Singer plays soulless, the man is a metronome. So, of course, he would just relegate it to “just music”. It’s NEVER been “just music” to me and millions of others. Music is the living breath of the universe.

  • genesraccoonwig on

    Music has not saved me – but like others on here, I would not know what to do without music.
    So many talented musicians, songwriters and singers in this world and am in awe of what they do….
    I could not imagine life without…(in no particular order)
    Elton John
    James Taylor
    Led Zeppelin
    Miles Davis
    Jackson Five
    Sam Cooke
    Otis Redding
    The Beatles
    Journey (Steve Perry)
    … etc etc etc etc

  • shannon mehaffey on

    The original vinyl just smokes the re-issues…all of ’em…this is not even close!!!

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