James Hetfield On New Metallica: “We’re Gonna Continue To Stay Connected And Write Music”


Metallica frontman James Hetfield has stated that he and the band continue to write new material as the COVID-19 lockdown continues on. In a newly published interview via the band’s So What! fanzine, Hetfield said of his latest progress:

“We are brothers on this journey in life, and Metallica definitely happens because of us getting together, you know? We’re gonna continue to stay connected and write music. For me there’s been two sides of the coin in the band. There’s been, “you’re on the road” or “you’re writing.” And so [right now] we can’t be on the road, I guess we’re writing. It’s the easy choice of the fork in the road, so that’s what we’re doing. I’m writing, they’re writing.

At some point we’ll get together. I know Greg [Fidelman, producer] has definitely fiddled around – heh heh – with the Zoom connecting. We did this song for the upcoming Disney movie over Zoom, and it was very cool.

So again, like Napster or whatever else it is, the internet, people start freaking out about it. You know, COVID, no live shows. Okay. You adapt and it’s important to be of service with our music, so let’s do what we can out there, and we’re adapting.”

The Disney song mentioned above is a reworked version of “Nothing Else Matters, which will appear in the upcoming film adaptation of Disney‘s ‘Jungle Cruise‘ ride.

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