Metallica rocks out with hundreds of fans on Glastonbury stage

Metallica rocks out with hundreds of fans on Glastonbury stage

LIVE AT GLASTONBURY:James Hetfield of Metallica performs on the main Pyramid stage at Glastonbury festival, in Pilton, England, Saturday, June 28. More than 175,000 are expected to have arrived at Worthy Farm in Pilton to watch hundreds of acts amongst headliners, Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian. Photo: Associated Press/Joel Ryan/Invision

Rock legends Metallica celebrated their controversial debut at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury festival on Saturday night by inviting hundreds of fans onstage to watch the performance up close.

More than 200 mud-spattered festival-goers – many of them wearing Metallica T-shirts – lined up at the rear of the enormous platform behind Lars Ulrich’s drum kit, cheering and dancing throughout the gig.

The choice of headline act raised eyebrows in the run-up to the event, with many critics arguing a heavy metal band has no place at Glastonbury, but the “Enter Sandman” hitmakers closed the second day of the festival in style with a high-octane set that thrilled the crowd.

During the show, frontman James Hetfield addressed the controversy over the band’s inclusion, telling the crowd, “Metallica is grateful to be invited to such an event called Glastonbury. We’re very proud to be here and to be representing, can I say, the heavier sides of music, alright? I know it’s all represented here so why not heavy rock, heavy metal, huh? It’s about time.”

He then dedicated the band’s next track, “Sad But True,” to his fellow heavy rock groups hoping to follow in Metallica’s footsteps by performing at the festival in future.

After ending their set with a version of “Whiskey In The Jar” and their track “Seek & Destroy,” during which dozens of huge inflatable balls embossed with the band’s logo were released into the crowd, Hetfield said, “Thank you. Metallica loves you, Glastonbury. You made us feel so good. Thank you for having us.”

Before leaving the stage, Ulrich took the mic to thank Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis and his family for inviting the band to perform, adding, “Metallica (expletive) loves you and we hope to see you one more (expletive) time.”

Glastonbury closed on Sunday with performances from acts including Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran, and Kasabian.

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