Metallica’s official Twitter account recently dropped a video clip in which James Hetfield explained that the band’s forthcoming album, ‘72 Seasons,’ is basically about the first 18 years of one’s life. So, it focuses on how one develops a sense of self, starting from childhood.
Ron McGovney responds
Metallica’s former bassist Ron McGovney took note of the video clip and replied by showing his respect to Hetfield. Although technically not an original member, McGovney is still the band’s first bassist. No official recordings were ever done with him. It is needless to say that he is an important part of Metallica’s history, something that the band members deeply respect. Well, a kind word from Ron never disappoints. In response to Metallica sharing some of Hetfield’s recent statements on the newly announced album “72 Seasons,” Ron said:
“I’m proud to have spent many of those 72 seasons knowing and watching James play guitar in local bands, finally helping to form Metallica at age 18. I always looked up to him as a musician when we were teenagers.”
I'm proud to have spent many of those 72 seasons knowing and watching James play guitar in local bands , finally helping to form Metallica at age 18. I always looked up to him as a musician when we were teenagers.
— Ron McGovney (@RonMcGovney) December 6, 2022
In a recent interview, James discussed the new album, saying:
“’72 Seasons’ came out of a book I was reading about childhood, basically, and sorting out childhood as an adult. And 72 seasons is basically the first 18 years of your life. How do you evolve and grow and mature and develop your own ideas and identity of self after those first 72 seasons?
“Some things are more difficult than others — you know, some things you can’t unsee and they’re with you for the rest of your life, and other things you’re able to rewind the tape and make a new tape in your life. So that’s the real interesting part for me, is how you’re able to address those situations as an adult and mature.
“There’s been a lot of darkness in my life and in our career and things that have happened with us, but always having a sense of hope, always having the light that is in that darkness… Without darkness, there is no light, and being able to focus a little more on the light in life instead of all of the… how it used to be and how horrible it is… There’s a lot of good things going on in life — focusing on that instead, and it helps to balance out my life.
“And there’s no one meaning to it — everyone has some sense of hope or light in their life, and, obviously, music is mine. And the song specifically talks about gathering of people at a concert and [being] able to see the joy and the life and the love that comes out of music and the family and the kinship in that, and just a sense of uplifting.”