Metallica frontman James Hetfield recently got emotional during the band’s concert Thursday night in Brazil. He went on to admit to the audience that he was “feeling a little bit insecure” prior to taking the stage.
James Hetfield opens up on the matter
James has been dealing with addiction, anxiety, and low self-esteem in the past and he openly talked about it on multiple occasions. He had revealed a phone call regarding his rehab in the past. Previously, James Hetfield also made Metallica 30th Anniversary announcement. Before launching into the classic Metallica song “Sad But True” at Estádio do Mineirão in Belo Horizonte on May 12, the 58-year-old guitarist/vocalist thanked the 60,000-plus people in attendance, saying how he and his bandmates are “so blessed” to have the support of such a loyal fanbase.
But then he added: “I’ve gotta tell you I wasn’t feeling very good before I came out here. [I was] feeling a little bit insecure, like I’m an old guy, [I] can’t play anymore — all this bullshit that I tell myself in my head. So I talked to these guys, and they helped me — as simple as that. They gave me a hug and said, ‘Hey, if you’re struggling on stage, we’ve got your back.’ And I tell you, it means the world to me.”
At that point, all three of James’s bandmates approached the singer and once again gave him a heartfelt group hug, with Hetfieldvisibly touched by the gesture. He then once again addressed the audience, telling them: “And seeing you out there, I… I am not alone. I am not alone, and neither are you.”
You can check out the video clip below:
Hetfield’s issues with addiction and alcoholism were also detailed in the 2004 documentary “Some Kind Of Monster”.