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Metallica’s James Hetfield falls through hole on stage in Amsterdam

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James Hetfield took a painful tumble during Metallica’s show at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome last night (4th September).

The heavy metal monoliths were performing ‘Hardwired... to Self-Destruct’ single ‘Now That We’re Dead’ when James fell through a hole that had opened up while he was prowling the stage. The hole is where one of four rectangular percussion tables emerges from during Metallica’s performances.

Upon falling, Metallica’s crew members rushed over to help a clearly hurt James while Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo looked on.

The consummate pro that he is, once he was helped back on his feet, James continued to play the track while grimacing with pain.

You can see fan-filmed footage of the fall from below. Skip to 3mins 55seconds on the first video and 4minutes and 10 seconds on the second.


Metallica kicked off the European leg of their WorldWired Tour in Lars’ native Denmark on Saturday night (2nd September) and the tour hits the UK for five sold out shows next month.

The setlist in Amsterdam was as follows:

Atlas, Rise!
Seek & Destroy
Through the Never
The Day That Never Comes
Now That We're Dead
Dream No More
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Halo on Fire
Am I Evil?
The Memory Remains
Moth Into Flame
Sad But True
Master of Puppets

Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman

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