Hours before Metallica’s headlining show at Lolla on Thursday (July 28), the legendary rockers met with the British actor, whose metalhead character Eddie Munson brought renewed interest to the band’s 1986 classic “Master of Puppets” during season four of the Netflix sci-fi. fi series.
“I’m a big fan of [Stranger Things]. Has been since season one,” Metallica frontman James Hetfield tells Quinn while sitting backstage at the festival. “My kids and I, it’s a bonding experience for us.”
Quinn spent months perfecting the intricate metal guitar solo, and his hard work did not go unnoticed by Hetfield, who thanked the actor for doing the song justice. “That’s all I listened to for two years,” Quinn told the group. “I feel very connected to you guys.”
The actor’s much talked about scene takes place when the entire cast is working to take down the season’s main villain, Vecna. Eddie and Dustin (played by Gaten Matarazzo) are responsible for distracting Vecna’s guarding fleet of bat-like creatures in the Upside Down, which they decide to do by staging an all-out performance by the “Master of Puppets”, led by Quinn d .electric guitar.
Back at the festival, Quinn was invited to jam with Metallica in the band’s tuning room, where he expertly played the heavy track alongside Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett, with drummer Lars Ulrich providing the beat.
“You are hired!” Hammett says after they finish the opening riff, and Ulrich playfully adds, “We’d like to announce: Metallica is now a five-piece, guys.”
Metallica ended the jam session by giving Quinn a signed BC Rich guitar similar to the one he used in Stranger Things.
Later in the day, Metallica closed out their Lollapalooza set by paying tribute to Quinn’s Munson while performing “Master of Puppets.” Staged in front of a large video screen playing Stranger Things unique scene, the band synchronized their performance of the song with Eddie’s.
As the final episodes of season four dropped earlier this month, Metallica took to social media express their excitement for the spotlight on “Master of Puppets,” which has also climbed to the top 40 of Billboard Hot 100 since Eddie’s rock star moment.
“We were all excited to see the final result and when we did we were completely blown away,” the band wrote on Instagram. “It’s so extremely well made, so much so that some people were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn’s hands in the trailer!
Watch Metallica and Quinn jam backstage at Lollapalooza on Twitter below.
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