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METALLICA Frontman Would Welcome More Flag Bearers For Heavy Metal Genre' (Video)

James Hetfield recently spoke to ET Canada about METALLICA's new album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", and the band's legacy. You can now watch the segment below.

Asked how important it is for METALLICA to be the flag bearers of the heavy metal genre, Hetfield said: "We don't wear that crown. I mean, we haven't picked it up and said, 'We're gonna fly the flag for heavy metal.' Number one, number ten, whatever it may be, I'm grateful for it, but the fact is that people have kind of put us on a sort of pedestal. We'll gladly run with it for as long as we can. But I'm a music fan — I would love someone else to try and grab that flag and run with it too. The more rock the better, I say."

As previously reported, METALLICA will play a special intimate show next Thursday (December 15) at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California.

All proceeds from the sale of tickets to this show will be donated to Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Fans are also encouraged to bring canned foods and non-perishable items to the show for donation as well. METALLICA just played a similar show in Toronto, with proceeds also going to a food bank in that city.

"Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart on November 27, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release.

Credit: BlabberMouth

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