When you have an idol you’ve looked up to your whole life, and hell, even credit your whole life to, you want to see them immortalised in any and every way possible. That’s the case with Metallica’s frontman and lead guitarist, James Hetfield. In an interview with Gary Moore at 95.5 KLOS, via TeamRock.com, Het made a clear rally to get one of the biggest icons in the industry, Lemmy Kilmister and his band, Motörhead inducted into the prestigious Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
“With the passing of Lemmy, it’s really, really important for me to see Motörhead acknowledged in that. Cause there’s no more rock and roll person on this planet than Lemmy and Motörhead.”
On Metallica’s forthcoming 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, the band plays homage to Lemmy in a song titled Murder One, the name of this favorite stage amplifier. Hetfield says of the fond memories: “I loved being murdered every night by that thing, man. He was just such an icon, such an inspiration to us as a band. There’s certainly no way we’d be around if there was no Motörhead. And you know, to see your idol, your immortal one actually be a mortal, it hit us pretty hard. So I felt lyrically it makes sense to acknowledge him and how much he’s meant in our lives.”
As a matter of fact, Motörhead has been eligible to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame since 2002. Metallica themselves were inducted in a star-studded ceremony in 2009.
Metallica’s latest release, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct will be released on November 18. They have already released three videos off the album through their Official YouTube channel, namely Hardwired, Moth Into Flame and Atlas, Rise! and plan on releasing videos for all the other singles, while simultaneously promoting and touring.
Hetfield joked about the overall feel of the album: “Really happy, mostly about flowers and unicorns. Probably a few rainbows in there, too. That’s not the truth.” Since he is the main lyricist on all of the band’s albums, including this one, he speaks of the lyrics he’s worked on: “Kind of like a bigger overview, at least for me being a father, there’s some stuff in there about, you know, just life inside and outside of me, you know, just giant question marks.”
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