Metallica’s James Hetfield Has Doubts About The Covid-19 Vaccine, ‘I Never Got Vaccinations Because Of Our Religion’
During a recent interview with The Fierce Life podcast, Metallica frontman James Hetfield talked about Metallica’s touring plans and shared his thoughts on the Covid-19 vaccine while disclosing that he’s never gotten vaccinated – except on instance – due to the religion that he grew up in.
As you probably know, Metallica released their latest studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct in 2016 and it was a great success as it ranked No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200 charts. Following that, in 2019, the band released a live album in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony named S&M2 which was also highly appreciated by both fans and critics.
Since then, Metallica fans have been expecting to hear some news from their favorite band and during a recent interview, James Hetfield answered some questions, one of which was whether the band will start touring any time soon. Hetfield started by saying that it’s not up to him as there are a lot of factors, such as the safety of the audience and crew, and in relation to vaccinations.
James said that he isn’t sure how he feels about the Covid-19 vaccine and although most of his friends have gotten it, he’s still skeptical. He went on to say that he hopes the Covid-vaccination passport stamp won’t be a thing but if it does, he’ll make a decision then. He added that he never got vaccinations as a kid as they believe in Christian Science, except that one time he had to get vaccinated to go to Africa.
Here’s what James Hetfield said when asked about whether Metallica will start touring again any time soon:
“I have no clue. It’s not up to me. It really is up to the safety of everyone – not just the fans, but the crew and us. I’m not sure what that means in the future as far as vaccines. I’m a little skeptical of getting the vaccine, but it seems to be rolling out and people are getting it and I’ve got lots of friends that have done it.
I’m not totally sure about it. But I hope it doesn’t come to a point where you have to have that COVID stamp in your passport or something to go everywhere. But if it comes down to that, then I’ll make a decision then. We got vaccinated to go to Africa, so it’s not like I’ve never been vaccinated before. But as a kid, I never got vaccinations ’cause of our religion. So that was the only time I got one – when we were going on safari in Africa.”
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