Metallica frontman James Hetfield made a statement about their recent “Enter Sandman performance on classroom instruments with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon. 

He says that they did not see themselves as top musicians, and for this reason they were afraid to play with other musicians. 

Speaking to Metal Talk, James said they were not great musicians. He said:

We’re literally afraid to jam with certain people, ’cause we think we’re not worthy enough. We’re not great musicians.

Even with those little flutes and stuff, I was worried… I mean, Kirk was practicing the song on this little recording thing. It’s like, ‘Dude, stop practicing it! Just go have fun, man. Go screw it up.’

It’s fun to give each other permission to screw up, and you’re not under a microscope. ‘Cause live – sometimes we’re really tight, sometimes we’re really not. And before going onstage, we always remind each other that, ‘Hey, mistakes are supposed to happen up here and it makes this gig unique. Don’t be so hard on yourself. And if you’re feeling down, just look at the other guys, and we’ll carry you through.'”

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