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Metallica’s James Hetfield admits Kip Winger ‘Nothing Else Matters’ diss was “uncool”

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In the iconic music video for the legendary track, Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, creatively uses Kip Winger’s face as a dartboard, adding to the array of jabs directed at the singer across ’90s pop culture. Recognizing the impact of this gesture, Metallica frontman James Hetfield took the initiative to personally reach out to Winger and extend an apology.

In a recent interview with Yahoo!, Winger shared his perspective on the situation, highlighting the irony of the incident given his primary focus on music and being a skilled musician. He revealed that Hetfield contacted him about a year and a half ago, expressing sincere regret for what he acknowledged as an “uncool” move. The conversation, according to Winger, was positive, and he gained a newfound appreciation for Hetfield’s character, hinting at the potential for friendship. However, Winger noted that it was primarily Ulrich who orchestrated the dart-throwing stunt.

Shifting gears, Ulrich reminisced about a peculiar challenge Metallica faced during their performances. Fans, driven by an unusual enthusiasm, would regularly snatch venue cushions and toss them around during the band’s sets. Ulrich recounted one incident at the Long Beach Arena, estimating that they practically funded a substantial portion of the venue’s seats due to fans mischievously playing frisbee with the cushions. This lighthearted yet costly interaction became a recurring theme for Metallica.

On a different note, Metallica recently treated fans to a new live EP titled ‘The Amsterdam Sessions.’ Recorded at Ready Set Studios in Amsterdam, the four-track EP features cuts like ‘Lux Æterna’ and ‘If Darkness Had A Son’ from the ’72 Seasons’ project, along with classic hits ‘Master Of Puppets’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ The EP stands as a testament to Metallica’s enduring musical legacy and their ability to captivate audiences across different eras.

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