Metallica’s James Hetfield: ‘Adele blows my mind’

Metal veterans are currently battling it out for this week's UK Number One album

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has admitted he is a massive fan of Adele.

The singer praised her live shows and said he was amazed by how calm she was and down to earth on stage.

He added: ”I love her, she’s unbelievable and blows my mind. Her voice and her candour and coolness about being up there and being as huge as she is. She’s so down to earth.”


Hetfield also revealed that Amy Winehouse’s death inspired the track ‘Moth Into The Flame’ on their new album ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’.

He told BBC 6 Music: ”The film about Amy Winehouse inspired me to write that song. It’s a sad movie. Fame can be a dark, dangerous drug. Everybody wants a piece of you. It totally changes your view of the world.

”Fame has followed me around since we formed the band. It’s a Pandora’s box that often makes you wonder: ‘Okay, how do I now become unfamous?”’

Metallica are currently battling it out with Little Mix for this week’s UK Number One album.

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The metal veterans’ first LP in eight years ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’, is currently 64,000 combined sales behind the all girl group’s ‘Glory Days’. The last time Metallica went to Number One was in 2008 with their last album ‘Death Magnetic’.

They recently launched their new album ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ at an intimate show at the House Of Vans in London. You can watch the gig above.

To celebrate their new record, the band also hosted a midnight signing session for fans at HMV in London’s Oxford Street.

“In the four decades since their inception they’ve managed to transcend time and keep fans guessing,” we wrote in our review of the band’s new LP. “And while ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ isn’t dissimilar in delivery to their last record, 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’, Metallica still – in their fifties – remain both vital and innovative. And nobody in rock has earned those plaudits more.”