Behind The Music
DVD Format: NTSC
Quality Rating: 9.0
ABOUT THE EPISODE:
We're just four lucky fans that got together and started playing; this could be you, says James Hetfield, co-founder of Metallica, which built its success on an uncompromising musical vision and the fierce loyalty of its fans. For Metallica, hard rock meant playing hard, on-stage and off. Their drinking became the stuff of legend, and the rock press dubbed them "Alcoholica." Amid the mayhem, the most popular heavy metal band in the world endured its share of hardship and tragedy, including the death of bassist Cliff Burton and an on-stage accident in which Hetfield suffered serious second and third degree burns. "Metallica: Behind The Music" charts their rise from garage band to global stadium phenomenon, always on their own terms.
Two things that kept Metallica going, according to Hetfield, are "honesty and selfishness; we're doing this for ourselves." Through it all, they set the standard for straight ahead heavy metal mastery. "Metallica: Behind The Music" includes interviews with the band, former members Ron McGovney (bassist) and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth (guitarist), Anthrax's Scott Ian, Primus' Les Claypool, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Jerry Cantrell, Ozzy Osbourne, Torben Ulrich, co-founding member Lars Ulrich's father and producer Bob Rock.