Metallica‘s return to touring has been pretty triumphant so far. I didn’t get the chance to see them when they were in Toronto back in July, but from everything I read and heard about it, it was an awesome show.
Part of the spectacle, of course, is the custom stage that the band had built for the tour. The thing about this custom stage is that it has trap doors that will occasionally disappear so that other elements can come up to the stage through the opening. It adds a pretty cool effect, seeing stuff pop up on the stage out of nowhere… But it can be pretty treacherous for the band.
James Hetfield found that out the hard way Monday night. The band brought their show to the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam and were early into their 18-song set when it happened. The stage is constantly shifting and moving, and at one point while playing Now That We’re Dead from Hardwired… To Self Destruct, Hetfield forgot where he was and stepped into the opening, where one of the trap doors had been just seconds prior. Kudos to the person who managed to get this excellent angle:
It looks like kind of a nasty fall, and I can’t tell if he stayed still in the hole for a few seconds there because he was in pain, or because he’s so committed to being a rock god that he just had to finish the riff before pulling himself up.
As you can hear in the video at the end of the song, he confirms that he is okay… Although his ego maybe less so.
It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, though. It happens to the best. Seriously. I mean, here’s Paul McCartney doing the exact same thing:
And of course who could forget the summer of 2015 and the Foo Fighters‘ Broken Leg Tour? All the result of Dave Grohl falling off the stage.
So, Mr. Hetfield, just be glad your leg isn’t broken… Although could you imagine the hype a Metallica broken-anything tour would get?!