METALLICA: Yes, We Are ‘Beliebers’

Posted by Rebecca Tremblay


In the latest issue of Q, the four members of Metallica are grilled by the magazine’s readers about butt tattoos, catching fire onstage and why Lou Reed shouts in restaurants.

Asked if they were “Beliebers” now that pop singer Justin Bieber has publicly claimed that the Metallica songs “One” and “Fade To Black” were his “jams,” Metallica frontman James Hetfield said: “Are we Beliebers? Yes.” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich offered: “Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid’s really talented and obviously to go through what he’s going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he’s super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes ‘One’, and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.” Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo added: “As long as he stays out of trouble, I’ll be a Belieber.”

A backstage video of Justin Bieber performing an impromptu cover of Metallica’s “Fade To Black” can be seen below. The 15-second clip shows Bieber playing air guitar while he tries to recreate the guitar solo from the classic 1984 Metallica track with his voice. Bieber is accompanied by his musical director Dan Kanter on guitar.

According to, Bieber previously revealed that he is a big fan of Metallica, naming “Fade To Black” and 1988’s “One” as two of his favorite Metallica cuts. “Those are my jams,” he told GQ last year.

Metallica’s manager Peter Mensch, who has certainly seen more than his share of childish behavior, told the U.K. tabloid The Sun earlier this year that he would “take Bieber to the woodshed and spank him.”

Mensch was asked to comment on Bieber’s recent bizarre behavior, who has reportedly seen the 19-year-old pop singer being caught speeding around his neighborhood and getting into altercations with neighbors.

The 60-year-old Mensch reportedly told The Sun that he has warned Bieber that his antics would ruin his career. “His manager Scooter Braun is scared shitless,” said Mensch. “I don’t know what Bieber’s problem is. His career is over in three years anyway.”