Ozzy Osbourne Recalls James Hetfield’s Request When He Was Touring With Metallica

Ozzy Osbourne recently joined Metal Hammer for an interview and remembered when Metallica’s James Hetfield asked him to do something while on tour.

Metallica released their album titled ‘Master of Puppets’ in March 1986. Following the release, it achieved chart success and became their first album to be certified gold. Moreover, Metallica supported Ozzy Osbourne on a US tour after the release of ‘Master Of Puppets.’

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Ozzy Osbourne recalled when he toured with Metallica. They played riffs from Black Sabbath during the sound checks, but Osbourne thought it was a mockery. However, Metallica were big fans of Black Sabbath, and Sabbath’s music throughout their career influenced them.

Moreover, the Prince of Darkness stated that James Hetfield wandered around him as if he wanted to ask him something. Later, it turned out that he wished Metallica to play Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ with Osbourne. Osbourne stated that he accepted this offer, and Metallica showed him how big Black Sabbath fans they were.

According to the singer, Cliff Burton had a bright smile on his face while they were playing ‘Paranoid.’ Osbourne then recalled when he performed with Metallica at 2009’s Hall Of Fame and described the performance as brilliant.

Speaking to Metal Hammer, Ozzy Osbourne recalled the following:

“While we were on tour, I’d keep seeing James hanging about like he wanted to ask something. Eventually, he walked up and said, ‘We want to play ‘Paranoid’ with you,’ and we were like, ‘Sure!’ Then they showed just how big Sabbath fans they were. Cliff had a massive smile on his face the whole time. Of course, it all came back around when I got up to do it with them at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, which was brilliant too.”

The Damage, Inc. Tour began in March 1986, and Metallica toured as the opening act for Ozzy Osbourne in the US between March and August. This tour marked the first time they played to an arena-sized audience. Moreover, they won over Osbourne’s fans and established a mainstream fanbase.