James Hetfield Recalls How He Felt When Metallica Played After A Long Time

During an appearance on So What, Metallica legend James Hetfield touched how he felt when Metallica played together for the first time after the coronavirus outbreak and took fans back to their golden show.

Almost a year, coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is with us and threatens human life with its brutality. Due to the coronavirus, the world stopped, and was stuck at home. All shows have been postponed or canceled.

When Metallica turned back from the coronavirus pandemic, they released their live album “S&M2” and recorded a drive-in concert for their fans. In addition to those events, Metallica met each other via social media applications and performed together during a coronavirus outbreak.

Recently, Metallica frontman appeared to talk about their coronavirus process and revealed what they did during the pandemic. He mentioned his feelings when he played after a long time and said that it was odd.

When the interviewer said, “Cool… Let’s get back to the parking lot for a minute, and the ‘Pandemica’ event itself. Can you speak a little bit about the performance? Do you think it was maybe, in retrospect, the safest way for you to re-enter a live gig with the band, given that there was no crowd? Because at one point I thought there’s no crowd, how are they gonna react?”, James said:

“Well, first of all, it was odd that we were playing together after a year. That was odd already. And then being outside playing on gravel at a winery, I wouldn’t have guessed that that was gonna be on our list of things to do.

“And just some lights and the sunset as our backdrop, it was beautiful, I must say. But it was difficult. It really was. It was… I would say less of a gig and more of a rehearsal, is what it felt like. It felt loose.

“We were close, we were tight with each other, and most of the stages that we’d been on [recently] had been massive, 80 feet wide, and all of that. This was nice and tight, and just the crew was there, so it was pretty much like a rehearsal.

“There was a little anxiety about, ‘What am I gonna say between these songs? Am I talking to the drive-in theater people? What am I doing? All right, let’s just get real with it. It is what it is. We’re not hiding the fact that there’s no such thing as COVID, there’s no live shows. Address that, talk about it, and just really talk about how much I missed playing, how much we’ve missed playing together.’

“I think one thing that came out of the experience was I rely a lot on the audience for moral support, for energy, for love, all of that. After playing five or six songs, I was pretty drained. And I’m usually able to plug into the audience and they carry me through.”

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