Metallica Feared Kids Instruments Performance


(Classic Rock) James Hetfield has admitted that Metallica's doubt about their own playing abilities left them worried about performing Enter Sandman on toy instruments last month.

The band appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to deliver a spoof version of their track in the lead-up to the launch of 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.

The frontman played a plastic clarinet, drummer Lars Ulrich used mini percussion, guitarist Kirk Hammett had a melodica or blow-organ and bassist Robert Trujillo had a toy guitar.

Hetfield tells Spotify: "We're literally afraid to jam with certain people, because we think we're not worthy enough. We're not great musicians. Even with those little flutes and stuff I was worried. Kirk was practicing the song on this little recording thing. It's like, 'Dude, stop practicing it - just go have fun. Go screw it up!'"

He adds: "You've got to laugh at yourselves. You've got to not take yourself so seriously all the time. The Jimmy Fallon thing showed up in our lap, they said, 'You want to do this?' We had a blast. Stuff like that is just fun. It lightens your heart and it humbles you as well."

omparing the TV appearance to the pressure the band feel on stage, Hetfield reflects: "It's fun to give each other permission to screw up. You're not under a microscope." Read more and watch the spoof here.

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