James Hetfield thanks loyal 'Metallica family' after Leeds set
- Bang Showbiz
- 1 September 2015
James Hetfield has praised Metallica's fans on returning to the Reading and Leeds Festival over the weekend after a seven-year-break from the iconic British event
James Hetfield thanked the "Metallica family" at the Reading and Leeds Festival.
The 'Whiskey In The Jar' hitmakers returned to the two location event after a seven-year-break over the weekend and during their 18-song setlist, which including massive hits 'One', 'The Unforgiven' and 'Nothing Else Matters', the frontman admitted the metal legends were "truly blessed" to have such loyal fans.
Speaking during their closing set at Leeds on Sunday night (31.08.15), Hetfield told the crowd: "We are truly blessed. Thank you Metallica family."
Hetfield addressed the crowd asking who their favourite act of the weekend had been and answered his own question with "Metallica".
He said: "Has it been a good weekend? What are some of your favourites? Metallica? Me too. But they're a bit heavy. Do you like it heavy? Do you want Metallica heavy?"
The band then brought 50 fans on to the stage and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett helped one play along to songs 'Fade To Black' and Seek To Destroy'.
They brought the festival to a close ending on an encore of 'Whiskey In The Jar' dedicated to "fallen soldier" Cliff Burton, their late bassist who died in a bus crash in 1986.
James declared: "This is going to make you bounce."
And ended with an explosive 'Enter Sandman' followed by a fireworks display.
Metallica's Leeds setlist:
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ride the Lightning
The Day That Never Comes
The Memory Remains
Sad But True
Turn the Page
The Frayed Ends of Sanity
Master of Puppets
Fade to Black
Seek & Destroy
Whiskey in the Jar
Nothing Else Matters