Metallica frontman James Hetfield spoke about the mistakes and funny things that they did on the stage while live performances in an interview with The Rubber Room. He said:
“We’re not afraid to show our dorky side, our funny sides, our non-serious… our mistakes sides. Everyone makes mistakes, and we fuck up — we make bad investments or we do the wrong thing, but it’s all in the name of trying to do our best. So you can fault people for that all you want, but at the end of the day, hey, we’re out here at least trying to do something. And I agree — this world is really polluted with a lot of B.S. and crap that people don’t need to see or hear, ’cause it’s fake.
People just want your clicks and your hits, and it’s all about the money. We’re out here doing this, because if we don’t — I don’t know — we wither away. I mean, this is breathing for us. I think everyone thinks that they know the truth, and at the end of the day, my truth, what I believe in passionately, if I just imagine or even make up that you have the same view about what you believe in, then we can get along. I mean, yes, it’s a difference of opinion — okay — but we’re trying to do the next best right thing. Everyone’s trying to tear each other down instead of join together and make some good decisions.”
James also clarified the news that Metallica will not perform more than 50 concerts in a year. He said:
“I have plenty of friends that say, ‘Fifty? Are you crazy?’ It’s, like, well, no. We were doing a lot more than that. But we love the touring, we just want to be able to survive it — mind, body and spirit. We’re pretty wise guys; we know what our body can and can’t do. Why punish ourselves out here? This should be fun. And if we’re not playing a hundred ten percent for every show, then it’s not fun.“
By the way, James Hettfield, in an interview with Straitstimes, promised they would not wait 8 years for a new album.