Metallica’s James Hetfield explained in a recent interview that he doesn’t feel responsible for the fans’ concerns about the band’s future.
As one of the most influential bands in heavy metal history, Metallica is closely followed by millions of fans worldwide. However, Hetfield made it clear in the interview that he does not feel responsible for their anxieties.
In the past few years, events such as Hetfield’s return to rehab in 2019 have caused fans to worry about the future of the band. Although this development raised questions about his own well-being, it also sparked unease about the band’s stability and future. Fortunately, Metallica has emerged stronger than ever and has just released their highly-anticipated new album, ’72 Seasons,’ marking their first studio record in seven years.
In the interview, Hetfield acknowledged that the fans’ concerns and anticipation were valid but insisted that he did not feel responsible for their feelings. Instead, he chooses to focus on what he can control – his own actions and contributions to the band. Hetfield also advised fans not to try to figure out how he feels because he is currently in a stage of self-discovery. Despite the long gaps between album releases, Metallica remains one of the most beloved heavy metal bands of all time.
Here’s what Hetfield explained:
“As far as other people’s worries and concerns and fears about Metallica continuing or not, I don’t feel responsible for them, but I do feel that I’m responsible for what I can do, what I can put out there.
”I’m not worried about, you know, and maybe, it seems egotistical to think that ‘There’s so many people relying on the Metallica record to get them through the year,’ or whatever it is. That is not the – I get it that it does help people. It’s not up to me, absolutely.
”I think most of the feedback around me going to rehab, and all of the stuff, and people’s theories, people’s ideas, ‘What does that mean?’, you know, trying to figure me out. I’m still trying to figure me out. I mean, all that stuff is out of my control, man.”