This is bloody wholesome.
At the show last Thursday (May 12), Hetfield took a moment to chat to the crowd about how he was feeling. He said:
"I've gotta tell you I wasn't feeling very good before I came out here. [I was] feeling a little bit insecure, like I'm an old guy, [I] can't play anymore — all this bullshit that I tell myself in my head.
"So I talked to these guys, and they helped me — as simple as that. They gave me a hug and said, 'Hey, if you're struggling onstage, we've got your back.' And I tell you, it means the world to me."
Bandmates Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo all ran up to Hetfield to give him a good ol' group hug onstage. The singer then added:
"And seeing you out there, I… I am not alone. I am not alone, and neither are you."
Check out fan-captured-footage of the moment below.
We reckon this is a good reminder that no matter how metal you are, you're never too metal to hug your mates.
There's actually been a lot of wholesome metal news lately.