According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told Virgin Radio that the song “Here Comes Revenge” from the band’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” album was inspired by the tragic death of a fan of the band. Hetfield explained: “There’s a couple that showed up at so many shows, and they got into METALLICA because their young daughter was a big fan, and she had gotten killed by a drunk driver.”
Hetfield continued: “It just hit me: ‘How can you guys find something positive in the world to connect you to your daughter again’ — which was METALLICA, the music she loved — ‘instead of just snapping and wanting to just become bitter and attack whoever did this?’ So I’m kinda putting myself in those shoes and how revenge must feel really powerful and great to do, but it doesn’t satisfy that urge.”
Hetfield previously told Australia’s Rolling Stone about the first time he met the couple: “[The guy] said, ‘My wife and I weren’t fans of the band, but we are now. Because our daughter was a big fan, and she got killed by a drunk driver.’
“She was young. How could you not be pissed off? How could you not want to go after somebody? But what they chose to do was embrace the music she loved and get to know her through the music and connect that way instead. They continue to show up at shows, which I love. We’re friends now. And they’ve gotten through something that I don’t think I could get through.”
Hetfield had told The Pulse Of Radio what some of his favorite lyrics from the “Hardwired” album were. “You know, for me, lyrically some of the favorite, ‘Moth Into Flame’, I like ‘Am I Savage’ and, boy, I really like ‘Dream No More’, which is also kind of another Cthulhu reference but in a very different sense. [Laughs].”
METALLICA is currently in the midst of a European tour behind “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”, its tenth studio album.
The band will reissue its classic 1986 third LP, “Master Of Puppets”, on November 10 via Blackened Recordings.
The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, while the digital options will be a Standard CD, a three-CD Expanded Edition, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set. The Expanded and Deluxe packages will come with tons of bonus content.