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Get the Tissues Out, Metallica Wrote a Song About Lemmy

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The members of Metallica were noted Motörhead fans during their formative youths, so it’s understandable that the death of Lemmy last year hit them particularly hard. So hard, in fact, that the band apparently wrote a song about the Great Man for their new album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.

During a Town Hall event on SiriusXM, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich spoke about the track “Murder One,” which is apparently about Lemmy. Hetfield said the following:

“Motörhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now. But just Lemmy as an entity, as kind of a father figure, he helped us a lot. He was unafraid. And he was a character. And he was himself. And we all respected that so much. He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?”

Ulrich pitched in the following:

“In the summer of 1981, I followed Motörhead around on tour. That was what made me want to be in a band. When I came back to Southern California and called up James and said, ‘Listen, we’ve got to give this a shot,’ … Motörhead is the catalyst.”

Sniff. Brings a tear to your eye, man. At this point, I think any self-respecting band should be writing a song or album that’s dedicated to Lemmy. The dude was more metal than any of us will ever be.

Obviously, I sincerely hope “Murder One” doesn’t suck balls, but one assumes that if Metallica wrote a song about Motörhead, it won’t be an attempt to repaint Lemmy as a sad Gothic hero. It’ll likely be about whiskey and individuality and maybe some pain, and will have a grinding riff at its center. But I guess we’ll wait and see.

Hardwired… To Self-Destruct drops November 18th.

[via The PRP]

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