Metallica’s James Hetfield Reveals ‘Moth Into Flame’ Was Inspired By Amy Winehouse


Metallica’s James Hetfield has spoken about his inspiration for writing ‘Moth Into Flame’.

‘Moth Into Flame’ is Metallica’s latest single from their most recent album, ‘Hardwired… To Self Destruct’, which was released back in November.

Speaking to Canadian radio station 102.1 The Edge, Metallica frontman James Hetfield said that the influence for the band’s latest  song came from when he watched the film Amy, “Just watching that movie was extremely saddening – how her life went from such a lively joyous person, to someone who was just trying to escape the reality of where she was.”

He continued, “It really hit me in the one part of the movie where she was lost in her mind, it seemed, and she was just leaving her flat in England. The press were just hanging out in front of her place all the time, snapping these pictures of her. ‘Hey, Amy, how’s it going?’ Talking to her like they know her.” Hetfield added, “They just don’t notice – they wouldn’t say, ‘You look skinny, you look unhealthy.’ There was a total misconnection there with reality.” 

The Metallica frontman also recently spoke to BBC 6 Music about watching the Amy Winehouse documentary and said “The film about Amy Winehouse inspired me to write that song. It’s a sad movie. Fame can be a dark, dangerous drug. Everybody wants a piece of you. It totally changes your view of the world.”


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