Metallica’s James Hetfield Says He Is “A Little Skeptical” Of The COVID-19 Vaccines

During a recent appearance on “The Fierce Life” podcast, Metallica frontman James Hetfield revealed that he is “a little skeptical” of the COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines have already been proven to be safe and effective, but the musician’s hesitancy seems to be partially influenced by his Christian Science upbringing.

Hetfield said the following when asked about 2021 touring:

“I have no clue. It’s not up to me. It really is up to the safety of everyone — not just the fans, but the crew and us. I’m not sure what that means in the future as far as vaccines. I’m a little skeptical of getting the vaccine, but it seems to be rolling out and people are getting it and I’ve got lots of friends that have done it. I’m not totally sure about it.

But I hope it doesn’t come to a point where you have to have that COVID stamp in your passport or something to go everywhere. But if it comes down to that, then I’ll make a decision then. We got vaccinated to go to Africa, so it’s not like I’ve never been vaccinated before. But as a kid, I never got vaccinations ’cause of our religion [Christian Science]. So that was the only time I got one — when we were going on safari in Africa.”

In other news, Hetfield also confirmed that Metallica “wrote quite a few songs” during their coronavirus downtime.

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Foo Fighters Perform “Chasing Birds” On “Late Night With Seth Meyers”

Foo Fighters were the musical guests on last night’s (May 6) episode of “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” You can find footage of the band performing “Chasing Birds” on the show below. That track is from the group’s latest album “Medicine At Midnight.”

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) To Release New Kind Heaven Orchestra Single This Month

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros) will be releasing a new Kind Heaven Orchestra single, titled “Mend,” on May 21. That track will feature Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Elliot Easton (The Cars), and David Bryan (Bon Jovi). Farrell commented:

“I’ve tried to reach through his ribcage and examine the heart of a good friend. Tried to empathize with what he was going through. I tried to mend my friend.”

Imonolith To Release New Single This Month

Imonolith (Threat Signal, ex-Devin Townsend Project, etc.) will be releasing a new single titled “Angevil“ on May 28. The band confirmed the news in the below tweet:

The Night Flight Orchestra (Soilwork, Arch Enemy, Etc.) Premiere “White Jeans” Video

The Night Flight Orchestra (Soilwork, Arch Enemy, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “White Jeans.“ The band commented:

“If this song doesn’t make you wanna get up from your worn out brown velvet couch and throw on your crisp snow white jeans and throw a dance-off in the streets with your neighbors, nothing will! Spring is here, time to strut!”

Late Pantera And HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul Honored With Commemorative Signature Snare Drum

ddrum have paid tribute to the late Vinnie Paul Abbott (Pantera, HELLYEAH) with a limited edition commemorative snare drum. The drum is limited to 250 pieces worldwide and it can be found at authorized ddrum dealers.

The following was said about the snare on ddrum.com:

“Large and in charge, the Vinnie Paul signature snare takes a maple wood snare to its tonal extreme. Crafted from 8 plies of North American maple, this snare delivers a thunderous punch to the chest, with a high caliber crack on top. 10 double sided turret lugs combined with the die cast hoops to add tuning stability and provide a solid rim shot sound. Available for its initial run in a special Delmar dragon wrap with chrome shell hardware to complement and enhance any finish kit to which it is added. Premium carrying case completes this heavy hitting package.”

The following product details were also shared:

  • 8×14 8 ply North American Maple shell
  • Diecast hoops
  • Special Vinnie Paul Dragon wrap made by Delmar
  • 10 double sided ddrum turret lugs
  • Special synthetic leather bag included
  • 45 degree inner and 30 degree outer bearing ege with slight round over
  • Evans drum heads included
  • Premium snare throw off

Abbott’s longtime drum tech Patrick King commented:

“I’ve spent years working on these snares for Vinnie. This snare resonates on so many levels with me. It rings in my ears (literally and figuratively) and through my core. This snare is not just a snare. It’s an extension of Vince. His sound. His heart. His legacy.”