Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield Keep Rocking After Nasty Onstage Fall
You can see the incident from two different angles above and below. It happened while the group were performing the sixth track of the night, “Now That We’re Dead,” at the Zigo Dome in Amsterdam, after four sections of the platform had been opened up to allow percussion tables to rise.
Apparently not realizing that the gap had appeared behind him, Hetfield walked across the in-the-round stage set and fell directly in, appearing to tumble face-first. Bandmates Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo continued to play but looked concerned as two crew rushed to his aid.
He reappeared a few second later, seemingly helped by roadies from below, and continued the performance. A close-up on his face suggests what could be a mix of surprise, pain and perhaps a little anger too. The song, complete with a section in which the band stopped playing their instruments and began using the raised percussion tables, finished six minutes later, and Hetfield didn’t refer to his fall once it had finished.
The band’s social media channels didn’t mention the event either, thanking fans for their support at the show as usual, and preferring to point out that they’d once again changed up their set list from the one they’d used during the recent U.S. stint of their WorldWired tour by playing “Am I Evil” for the first time in two years.
It’s far from Hetfield’s worst stage experience – he was seriously burned in Montreal, Canada, in 1992, when he accidentally stood too close to a stage pyro. Six years previously he’d broken his wrist while skateboarding before a show in Evansville, Ind. and had to perform vocals only, with roadie John Marshall standing in on guitar.
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