Metallica’s James Hetfield interviewed by Josie Dye on the 102.1 The Edge radio. In an interview in conversation, James talked about his family and the sale success of the new album “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”.

At first, Josie Dye was asked to James, how he was sober in the tours. He said:

“Well, I’ve got a wife that kicks my ass, first of all. Kids that tell it like it is. That, to me, is love right there, when your kids [say to you], ‘Dad, you’re being a jerk.’ You know? I love that; that’s what helps me a lot. Family certainly does that.

I think the guys in the band too; we all keep each other in check. Like, ‘Dude, is that limo a little too long? C’mon!’ Just goofy things like that. We try and keep each other real. I think not surrounding ourselves with ‘yes’ men too, which can really just totally distort your reality.”


James Hetfield’s thoughts on the sales success of the new Metallica album are as follows:

It’s a huge surprise — it really is — ’cause, for us, this is just the next record. And, for some reason, the timing is right. People are needing or wanting this. And, I guess, song-wise, people are identifying with its older-school feel — more guitar harmonies, things like that, and some of the stuff that I knew was missing from our music.

So it’s still a big surprise. When your record people send you an e-mail saying, ‘Hey, you’re No. 1 in all these countries?’ And you’re, like, ‘What?’ Does that mean we’re gonna go play Uganda? What? The tour’s gonna get longer.’ [Laughs]”

Metallica’s Hardwired … To Self-Destruct album ranked 1st in the sales list in 57 countries. In addition, the album sold 280,000 copies in the first week.

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