Metallica's James Hetfield

Metallica’s James Hetfield On COVID-19: “I’m A Little Skeptical Of Getting The Vaccine”


Metallica frontman/guitarist James Hetfield has revealed his uncertainty with the COVID-19 vaccines, in part due to his limited interaction with them throughout his life. During a conversation which took place in late March on ‘The Fierce Life‘ podcast, Hetfield revealed that he had yet to decide if he himself will be getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

The topic came up when he was asked about the possibility of touring later this year, he responded:

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“I have no clue. It’s not up to me. It really is up to the safety of everyone — not just the fans, but the crew and us. I’m not sure what that means in the future as far as vaccines. I’m a little skeptical of getting the vaccine, but it seems to be rolling out and people are getting it and I’ve got lots of friends that have done it. I’m not totally sure about it.

But I hope it doesn’t come to a point where you have to have that COVID stamp in your passport or something to go everywhere. But if it comes down to that, then I’ll make a decision then. We got vaccinated to go to Africa, so it’s not like I’ve never been vaccinated before. But as a kid, I never got vaccinations ’cause of our religion [Christian Science]. So that was the only time I got one — when we were going on safari in Africa.”

The discussion also found Hetfield speaking of the band’s writing sessions amid the COVID-19 lockdown, revealing that they have “wrote quite a few songs.”


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