Metallica have been pretty busy since dropping their latest album 72 Seasons, but frontman James Hetfield has still taken the time to pop into a hospital to visit injured Ukrainian soldiers.
Vail Daily reports that Hetfield visited a hospital in Colorado last Thursday (May 18), to support the Limbs for Liberty organisation - which was founded to support and provide treatment to Ukrainians who have been wounded during the war.
The Metallica frontman stopped to have a yarn with two soldiers, who are also huge Metallica fans - Roman Denysiuk and Igor Voinyi.
When Denysiuk and Voinyi were asked if they were familiar with Metallica, the men rolled their eyes and said “yes, of course,” as translated by Olga Milinan.
“Metallica’s songs are very popular in Ukraine. Growing up, we all listened to them and dreamed of seeing them.”
Voinyi told Vail Daily that it was “unexpected” to meet the singer.
“I didn’t even believe it at the first moment that it was him. It was very short, but it was a very warm meeting. It would be nice to meet him at a campfire and have a drink, instead of the hospital.”
Translater Olga Milinan said that Hetfield “wished the men luck and get better soon.”
On his way out, the Metallica frontman reportedly left a note on one of the soldier's cars that read, “you made my day.”
Awesome stuff from James.