In a recent part of MetClub Exclusive “So What!” video series, Metallica frontman James Hetfield revealed the tragic story about how he wrote their classic song “Fade To Black”.

Here’s the statement (transcriped by Ultimate-Guitar):

“Songs like ‘Fade to Black’ or ‘The Unforgiven’ – those are songs that morph. They constantly morph for me.

When ‘Fade to Black’ was originally written, this was real. Like, ‘I fucking hate life. Our gear just got stolen, we can’t live our dream, we’re not gonna make it to Europe,‘ all these things.

And then, obviously, when Cliff [Burton] or somebody important in our lives passes, that song pops up. Or like Chris Cornell, Dio... Someone’s passing gives that song new life for me.

When I look at the crowd [while we’re playing ‘Fade to Black’]… I saw somebody just sobbing. This was a younger girl, had long dark hair, she was in tears.

I was attached to the acoustic but I wanted to go over there and, I don’t know, mentally give her a hug or something. You know, just give her a wink or like, ‘It’s gonna be okay.'”

Click here to entire interview via Youtube.