Metallica say Justin Bieber wearing their band T-shirt was one of their favourite things of 2015

Pop star angered many rock fans by paying homage to the metal band

Metallica have listed pop star Justin Bieber paying homage to their band by wearing one of their T-shirts as among their favourite things to happen this year.

Bieber recently angered many rock fans after donning both Metallica and Nirvana merch, but now Metallica’s own frontman James Hetfield appears to have defended the star.

As Metal Injection reports, Hetfield recently posted a list of his ‘Top 10 Thingz Of 2015’, which included meeting Robert Plant, watching his children grow up and still being alive. The tenth thing on the list was ‘Justin Bieber wearing a Metallica T-shirt!’.

Bieber wore a Metallica T-shirt while appearing on The Ellen Show last month. He had previously stated that he is a fan of “early Metallica”, singling out the 1989 single ‘One’ and 1984’s ‘Fade to Black’ as personal favourites.

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Meanwhile, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has said that their new album will “most likely” arrive in 2016.

The metal act have released just one album since 2003’s ‘St Anger’, 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’, and Hammett’s timeline for the next studio recording suggests that the follow-up might be over a year away yet.

Talking to 103.3 The Edge WEDG-FM, Hammett said: “Well, you know, we’re moving forward. We’re hoping that the album will be released next year. It’s pretty much more along the same lines as ‘Death Magnetic’ — kind of like that direction. And, you know, we’ll see.”

“We’re into it”, he continues. “I don’t wanna say that we’re a third into it, or two-thirds into it, or an eighth into it, ’cause anything could happen that’ll just change that number. But, eventually, you will see a new Metallica album, and it will most likely be in 2016, and at the very worst, at the beginning of 2017.”