James Hetfield recently gave Frank Carter some Tom Jones-approved throat sweets in the middle of a Metallica show

James Hetfield and Frank Carter
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In yet more 'Metallica are officially the nicest guys in metal' news, Rattlesnakes and former Gallows frontman Frank Carter has revealed a wholesome encounter that he had with none other than Metallica frontman James Hetfield.

Speaking to NME, UK punk heavyweight Carter said he'd love to collaborate with Papa Het one day, going on to discuss an unlikely interaction he had with the man himself in the middle of a recent Metallica show that Carter happened to be watching from side-stage.

“We keep bumping into him and he’s a good lad,” Carter enthuses. “He’s the king of rock ’n’ roll, he’s proper. I watched [Metallica] the other day. I was side of stage watching him from his little guitar world – well, massive guitar world – and it was so fucking sick. I’ve been trying to downplay it, but it was one of the best moments of my entire life. I fucking love Metallica. I’m stood there, watching him play, he comes over to change his guitar and he gives me a high five and goes, ‘Wait, I’ve got something for you!’"

Hetfield quickly returned with a handful of his own personal plectrums and, most wholesomely of all, some throat lozenges, evidently looking out for his fellow vocalist's pipes.

“He goes and gets this handful of stuff and then drops in my hand some plectrums and these little Vocalzone pills," Carter explains. "They’re these little throat sweets and he goes, ‘These are going to save your life and save your throat.' This is in the middle of his fucking set and he’s literally giving out sweets!”

To knock the anecdote up a notch, Carter goes on to reveal who first recommended the sweets to Hetfield - and it's not a fellow hard rock icon, but the Welsh Sex Bomb himself, Tom Jones!

“He goes, ‘Do you know who put me on to these?’ I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Man, some fucking rock ’n’ roll legend’. Then he goes, ‘Tom fuckin’ Jones’, he puts his guitar back on and he goes back to the stage. I’m just stood there like, ‘Wow, that is fucking sick’.”

Metallica recently wrapped up the European leg of their latest world tour, and are due to hit the States for a handful of dates starting later this month. 

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He is also probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.