Metallica frontman James Hetfield has said in interview that he relies on audience members to help get him through shows.
Speaking to Austria’s Hitradio Ö3, Hetfield said: “I mean, we’re all human, and sometimes we feel very communicative and sometimes we don’t. But most of the time, if I’m not feeling good and then we get up on stage, I just look at somebody in the eye and just say, ‘Hey, I need your help tonight.’ And they usually… I mean, I’m not asking them directly, but through the eyes I’m asking them, ‘I need your help.’ And they give it to me… somehow.”
Metallica recently completed their Metallica: By Request tour, where set lists for each date were compiled from fan requests prior to each date. 17 songs were chosen based on the fan poll, with the final song slot reserved for new track, “Lords Of Summer.”
Drummer Lars Ulrich recently said that “Lords Of Summer” was fairly representative of their new material: “I’m pretty convinced that 90 percent of the record is actually written, it’s just gotta be kind of assembled between all those riffs. It’s just a matter of connecting this to this and sort of shaping it into a song.”
You can watch the clip of James Hetfield’s interview with Hitradio Ö3 below: