Watch Metallica Share A Group Hug Onstage After An Emotional James Hetfield Opens Up On His Insecurities


Given his 40 year tenure in metal’s biggest band, Metallica frontman/guitarist James Hetfield is certainly entitled to get emotional. While the band’s dysfunction was on full display back in their 2004 documentary film ‘Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster‘, it would appear that some of the healing techniques they learned amid their journey back to being a cohesive unit remain in place to this day.

Case in point, the band’s recent May 12th set in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. During that show, a visibly emotional Hetfield explained his insecurities and anxieties to the crowd before launching into “Sad But True“, offering:

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“I’ve gotta tell you I wasn’t feeling very good before I came out here. [I was] feeling a little bit insecure, like I’m an old guy, [I] can’t play anymore — all this bullshit that I tell myself in my head. So I talked to these guys, and they helped me — as simple as that. They gave me a hug and said, ‘Hey, if you’re struggling on stage, we’ve got your back.’ And I tell you, it means the world to me.”

As you can see in the below fan-filmed footage, Hetfield, who sought treatment for addictions issues in 2019, was physically embraced by his bandmates onstage after revealing his emotional state to the audience.


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