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.