Last night, Stephen Colbert celebrated his recent Emmy wins with heavy metal legends, Metallica. In support of their new 3D film, Through the Never, the Bay Area collective’s been making the rounds across New York City — from chilling with the Yankees to blasting through the Apollo Theater — so their appearance on The Colbert Report’s hot seats was likely a much-needed break.
Of course, Colbert couldn’t let that happen. Like a rabid fanboy who just sucked down hot sauce, he breathlessly fired off a number of questions: ”What is Through the Never? Why not Next to the Always?”; ”Are you actually angry when you rock?”; ”Do you have to be as angry to rock as hard as you do?”; and ”Can you keep your anger up, James [Hetfield]?”. The latter question struck a chord with the audience, who cheered at the goofy innuendo, as Hetfield responded wisely: “We’re 50 on the outside and still working on growing up in the inside.”
Shortly after, the guys performed what Colbert teased as a “three ball performance” of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Master of Puppets”. If this performance is any indication on how it’ll look and sound in IMAX… then, well, Dane DeHaan’s not the only reason to grab a ticket. Replay all the madness below.
In related news, Consequence of Sound recently tallied up its top 10 Metallica songs, which you can agree or argue against with here.