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Metallica shoutout Stranger Things' Eddie Munson during Master Of Puppets Lollapalooza performance

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Metallica gave a special shoutout to Eddie Munson last night (July 28) during their headline performance of Master Of Puppets at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.

For those unaware – although we can't imagine there's many of you at this stage– Eddie Munson is the loveable metalhead and leader of the Dungeons & Dragons club Hellfire on the hit Netflix sci-fi/horror series Stranger Things.

During the finale of season 4, Munson had his own hero moment, which saw him give a spectacular performance of Metallica's 1986 anthem Master Of Puppets on guitar. His aim? To distract the Upside Down's gruesome creatures away from his new friends. A hero, indeed.

Since the special moment, Master Of Puppets has rocketed up the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and UK Top 100 Singles Chart for the first time, peaking at Number 35 and 26, respectively. 

Metallica offered their thanks with a salute to the character by featuring Munson on the screens as they closed their set, which you can watch below.

Earlier this month, the band filmed a TikTok-style duet with the Eddie Munson scene, which saw them play along to Master Of Puppets while donning Hellfire club t-shirts.

Speaking about the song’s inclusion on the show, Metallica stated: "The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include Master Of Puppets in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it," say Metallica on their official Instagram page. "We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away...it’s so extremely well done, so much so, that some folks were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn’s hands in the trailer!! How crazy cool is that?

Liz Scarlett
Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.