JAMES HETFIELD on the upcoming RNRHOF performance
Watching METALLICA singer James Hetfield talk about their upcoming October 30th performance at Madison Square Garden in New York as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is akin to a kid in a candy store. But with his over-the-moon mannerisms, there is no doubt trepidation. But Hetfield has nerves of steel as he, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and new bassist Robert Trujillo have been navigating musical waters in the mainstream world as underdogs for ages, intent to bring their cause respect and acknowledgement. The fact that they are actually "in" the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is a feat in itself, when acts such as IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KISS, RUSH and MOT…RHEAD are still on the side-lines.
"We're rehearsing for this Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame gig that we're doing and we're honored being one of the guests representing harder rock. We're jamming with a few people, so we've got to get ourselves together for that."
Metallica are poised to hit the stage with BLACK SABBATH icon OZZY OSBOURNE, THE KINKS' Ray Davies (they will bang out a version of the treasured '60s hard rock classic 'You Really Got Me') and LOU REED.
"We don't know what's going on," Hetfield continues. "It's one of those things - we're honored to be asked. But being associated with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, there's always a lot of drama. We're not worried. We're gonna show up there. We're going to know our songs. We'll just show up and see what happens man. Just go with the flow on this one."
But the event is meant to be heavier, at least in Hetfield's eyes. "We've been trying to get a hold of VAN HALEN, trying to get a hold of the SABBATH guys, AC/DC, AEROSMITH," he reveals. "You name any heavy band that's in the Hall Of Fame, we've called and tried to get a hold of and got some not-so-great news back. 'Please come and jam.' There's either stuff going on in their lives and can't make it. But we're there and we'll see who shows up as simple as that."