James Hetfield “Skeptical” About COVID-19 Vaccine, Says METALLICA Has Been Writing

Metallica frontman James Hetfield gave a uncommon candid interview in late March to The Fierce Life podcast. Quotes from the interview are simply surfacing in the present day, because of a transcription from the wonderful of us at Blabbermouth and there are some fascinating nuggets of knowledge that got here out of the interview, specifically some hesitation from Hetfield on getting the coronavirus vaccine.

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About half the nation has gotten at the very least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine, however throughout the interview, Hetfield famous his hesitations. When requested if followers can count on Metallica to tour this yr, Hetfield responded “I’ve no clue. It is lower than me. It truly is as much as the protection of everybody — not simply the followers, however the crew and us. I am undecided what which means sooner or later so far as vaccines. I am slightly skeptical of getting the vaccine, but it surely appears to be rolling out and individuals are getting it and I’ve obtained plenty of associates which have finished it. I am not completely certain about it.”

Hetfield additionally expressed issues about vaccine passports. “However I hope it would not come to a degree the place you must have that COVID stamp in your passport or one thing to go all over the place. But when it comes all the way down to that, then I am going to decide then.”

Being in a band, it looks like vaccinations are part of life when touring overseas, and Hetfield stated his predominant hesitation was from how he was introduced up. “We obtained vaccinated to go to Africa, so it is not like I’ve by no means been vaccinated earlier than. However as a child, I by no means obtained vaccinations ‘explanation for our faith [Christian Science]. In order that was the one time I obtained one — once we have been happening safari in Africa.”

Hetfield additionally mentioned that Metallica has been doing plenty of writing throughout quarantine, and defined the method. “It is both touring or writing, so COVID selected for us. There wasn’t plenty of touring happening, so we get to put in writing music.”

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When requested if it was a full album or simply songs, Hetfield responded “Nicely, hopefully a brand new album. No matter you name it today — I suppose it is an album, a CD, a bunch of songs, a group, no matter, a stream or nonetheless you get your music now. However, yeah, a bunch of songs. We wrote fairly just a few songs. So we’ll see what number of we like first, after which we’ll put ’em out. We’re fairly egocentric that approach; we like what we write as properly.”

As for the way they did it, “This time was slightly completely different, for certain. ‘Explanation for COVID, simply sitting at residence and getting slightly bit antsy and simply feeling inventive on the identical time and desirous to get collectively, I began doing a weekly Zoom with these guys simply to test in. After which I simply advised them one time, ‘Hey, I am gonna write one thing. I am simply gonna play one thing and ship it to you guys. You do no matter you need with it and see what occurs and layer on to it.’ In order that’s how we did a model of ‘Blackened’ 2020. I simply mainly performed one thing. They hadn’t heard it earlier than. They performed on it. Then it sort of obtained layered collectively.”

This in the end led to extra jam periods. “Then we began experimenting with writing on Zoom. Lars [Ulrich, drums] and I might get collectively, or Kirk [Hammett, guitar] and Lars, and we might get little bits of time right here and there writing. It was troublesome due to the delay within the sound, so we could not truly play collectively, however we might play to a click on monitor and watch one another play. We had our producer, who was operating my pc whereas I used to be enjoying. He was operating my pc from L.A., and I am in Vail [Colorado]. After which Lars had an assistant operating his pc from L.A. — he is up right here in San Francisco — and we have been enjoying collectively, and it was fairly weird. We began writing. We obtained about — I do not know — over 10 songs going that approach. After which we lastly obtained collectively. There’s solely a lot you are able to do on Zoom.”

We’re prepared to listen to some Metallica and get them again on the highway! Take heed to the entire convo beneath:

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