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James Hetfield Says Fan’s Death By A Drunk Driver Inspired Metallica’s “Here Comes Revenge”


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Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield was recently interviewed by Marky Ramone for Virgin Radio and spoke of the inspiration from “Here Comes Revenge” off their latest album, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct“. As he went on to state, the lyrics came in part from the tragic death of a fan of the band:

“‘Revenge‘ itself, it really came from… There’s a fan of ours, and I was just trying to put myself in their shoes. There’s a couple that showed up at so many shows, and they got into Metallica because their young daughter was a big fan, and she had gotten killed by a drunk driver.

And it just hit me: ‘How can you guys find something positive in the world to connect you to your daughter again’—which was Metallica, the music she loved—’instead of just snapping and wanting to just become bitter and attack whoever did this?’

So I’m kinda putting myself in those shoes and how revenge must feel really powerful and great to do, but it doesn’t satisfy that urge. I don’t know…”

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