Metallica Defends Their Appearance On Jimmy Fallon; 'You've Got To Not Take Yourself Seriously All The Time'

November 30, 2016

To many, it was sweet, hilarious, metal ear candy. To others, it was not metal at all.

During their appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the members of Metallica joined forces with Fallon and The Roots in one of the show's ongoing bits where they all perform using children's musical instruments.

While speaking with Metal Talks, frontman James Hetfield defended their silly moment. "The 'Jimmy Fallon' thing is just one of those things that showed up in our lap. They said, 'Hey, you wanna do this?' [And we were] like, 'Sure. Why not?' And, yeah we had a blast doing that."

"You have to have a sense of humor, you have to... you've gotta laugh at yourselves," Hetfield continued. "You've got to... not take yourself so seriously all the time. Stuff like that is just fun, and it lightens your heart, and it humbles you as well."

"We're literally afraid to jam with certain people, 'cause we think we're not worthy enough; we're not great musicians. Even with those little flutes and stuff, I was worried... I mean, Kirk [Hammet] was practicing the song on this little recording thing. It's, like, 'Dude, stop practicing it! Just go have fun, man. Go screw it up."

"It's fun to give each other permission to screw up, and you're not under a microscope. 'Cause live, I mean, sometimes we're really tight, sometimes we're really not. And before going onstage, we always remind each other that, 'Hey, mistakes are supposed to happen up here and it makes this gig unique. Don't be so hard on yourself. And if you're feeling down, just look at the other guys, and we'll carry you through.' So there's a freedom to f**k up in Metallica."

With that being said, watch the guys of Metallica jam out their classic "Enter Sandman" armed with plastic clarinets, kazoos, melodicas and more in the video below!

(source: Blabbermouth)