One of the fans, Tattoo artist Joice M. Figueiró gave birth during Metallica’s concert in Brazil last weekend. The band’s frontman, James Hetfield reached out to her in order to send best wishes on starting a new journey.
Fan gave birth during Metallica concert in Curitiba
She was 39 weeks pregnant when she attended the show Saturday night (May 7) at the Estádio Couto Pereira in Curitiba, which was part of Metallica’s six-date tour of South America.
Joice, who was seated in the accessible/disabled section of the stadium, felt well during support acts Ego Kill Talent and Greta Van Fleet’s performances but started having contractions when Metallica took the stage.
Figueiro’s water broke on the way to the event’s outpatient clinic and there was no time to take her to the maternity hospital. “Luan Figueiró came into the world on 05/07/2022 at 23:15 shaking all the metal structures”, she wrote on Instagram.
The tattoo artist revealed that the band played the final song of its set, “Enter Sandman”, at the moment of birth.
James Hetfield makes a phone call to the fan
On Tuesday (May 10), just a couple of days after news of her baby’s arrival was reported by mainstream media outlets worldwide, Figueiró shared a short video on Instagram Story in which she and her husband Jaime Figueiró can be seen receiving a phone call from Hetfield.
“This is James from Metallica. Congratulations, you guys,” Hetfield can be heard saying in the clip. “Oh my God. Hi,” Joice responds. “I cry.”
Joice told her Instagram followers that the phone call lasted seven minutes and that she recorded all of it. “I have no more words,” she added.
You can check out the video clip below:
In an interview with The Washington Post, Joice said about the experience of giving birth at a Metallica concert: “It was a mix of emotions. Since it wasn’t planned, I was scared that the medical team wouldn’t be ready. But there’s also the feeling of being able to tell people that this happened because Metallica is one of the bands we love the most.”