James Hetfield Talks New Album, Touring & Vaccines


JAMES HETFIELD FIERCE FIREARMS PODCAST (JAMES CALLS IN AT THE 17 MIN MARK)

  • METALLICA HAS WRITTEN A LOT OF NEW SONGS FOR THE UPCOMING ALBUM. THEY STARTED OUT WRITING TOGETHER ON ZOOM, WHICH JAMES ADMITTED IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT. THEY’D SHARE IDEAS WITH INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS PLAYING ONE AT A TIME TO A CLICK TRACK AS OTHER MEMBERS WATCHED. THEN A PRODUCER WOULD LAYER THE TRACKS TOGETHER TO FORM A SONG. METALLICA FINISHED THEIR ZOOM WRITING WITH ABOUT 10 SONGS & HAVE SENSED MOVED TO WORKING TOGETHER IN PERSON AT HQ
  • IT WAS DIFFICULT RECORDING THE DRIVE IN SHOW WITHOUT THE FANS. UNLIKE THE CHARITY SHOW WHERE THE BAND WAS SURROUNDED BY FANS, THE ONLY PEOPLE OUT AT THE VINEYARD WHERE THEY RECORDED WERE THE CREW. AS THE BAND IS PERFORMING A FULL ON ROCK SHOW, THEY SEE THE CREW GUYS ON SET SETTING AROUND, TEXTING EACH OTHER OR PLAYING AROUND ON FACEBOOK.
  • JAMES HAS NO CLUE IF THE BAND WILL TOUR THIS YEAR. THE CHOICE ISN’T HIS TO MAKE. “IT’S UP TO THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE INCLUDING THE BAND, THE CREW & THE FANS.”
  • JAMES IS SKEPTICAL OF GETTING THE COVID VACCINE, HE ISN’T TOTALLY SURE ABOUT IT. HE HOPES IT DOESN’T GET TO THE POINT THAT YOU NEED A COVID PASSPORT. IF IT COMES DOWN TO THAT, HE WILL MAKE THE DECISION THEN. AS A KID HE NEVER RECEIVED ANY VACATIONS DUE TO HIS PARENTS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. JAMES HAS BEEN VACCINATED IN THE PAST FOR WHEN HE TRAVELED TO AFRICA FOR A SAFARI.