Metallica's James Hetfield

Metallica’s James Hetfield Says He Has Written Tons Of New Material During The COVID-19 Quarantine


Metallica took part in a Zoom town hall on SiriusXM last night, with frontman James Hetfield revealing that he has ‘written tons of material’ during the COVID-19 downtime. When asked how he has been spending his quarantine, Hetfield replied:

“For me, and I don’t wanna sound ungrateful, ’cause I know there’s a lot of people out there that are struggling because of this COVID… Where I live, it’s all service industry. And, obviously, the music industry, it’s tough — it’s taken a big hit. For us, we’re road dogs — we’ve been out on the road forever — so you’re either on the road or you’re writing.

So the obvious thing is, ‘Well, we’re not on the road. Start writing.’ So, [I’ve written] tons of material. And I’m sure there’s lots of musicians out there that are just, like, ‘Okay, what can I do? I’m gonna write and just get into that,’ which I love doing.

“I’d say the other huge thing that’s come out of this is getting to stay home in my hometown here [in Colorado], so [I’ve been] building community with friends, doing outdoor stuff,” he continued.

“We’re pretty fortunate here up in the mountains that COVID hasn’t really locked us down as much as some other places. And I feel for the people that live in the big cities. But out here, you can still get out, bike ride, raft, fishing, shooting, hunting — whatever it is.”

Hetfield isn’t the only one from the band to be working on new material, with the group having been exchanging ideas remotely. Today (August 28th) saw the release of Metallica‘s new orchestral live release, “S&M2“, which saw them reunited with the San Francisco Symphony.


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