James Hetfield Talks About “Metallica: Through the Never” -- He Says They're a Boy Band Too!  


I thoroughly enjoyed talking to James Hetfield, lead singer, co-founder, main songwriter, and lyricist of the iconic American rock group Metallica. Fresh from the success of their thoroughly engaging documentary, “Some Kind of Monster,” they are back with the concert-documentary “Metallica: Through the Never,” with the title taken from the band’s 1991 self-titled album (interview video below).

Directed by Nimrod Antal (“Kontroll,” “Vacancy,” “Armored,” “Predators”), the quasi-narrative movie follows a young roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan, the up and coming actor from “Chronicle,” “Lawless,” “Lincoln,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and his surreal adventure with footage from various Metallica concerts as a rockin’ backdrop.

Truth be told, forget about Justin Bieber or One Direction, this is the concert documentary to watch! Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo are members of a boy band, according to Hetfield.

In this fun interview, we talked about:

*** What’s the genesis of “Metallica: Through the Never”)
*** Working with Nimrod Antal
*** Working with Dane DeHaan
*** Who came up with the concept of the movie?
*** As a Filipino, I gave a shout-out to Hammett who is part of my race – that good, old Filipino gene
*** Yes, I can’t help but ask him about “twerking”
*** Will they visit Palm Springs for our annual Coachella Valley Music Festival?
*** What about the Palm Springs International Film Festival?



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