James Hetfield from Metallica dives into what it's like playing in front of 500,000 people at a music festival.
During a podcast on the Joe Rogan Experience, James Hetfield, the lead singer of Metallica, explains the feeling and what it's like to play in front of 500,000 people.
Around the time of the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Metallica got to play at a one-day concert in Moscow, Russia, called Monsters Of Rock. It featured some of the biggest heavy-metal rock bands in the western world, including Metallica and AC/DC, which people in the soviet union never really gained access to unless it was leaked.
James Hetfield says it was one of the most incredible experiences of his life, not only due to the sheer size of the concert but more for what it represented as a movement. Most of the spectators didn't speak English, and the whole concert was controlled by the military, they even had a security helicopter flying around at low altitude over the crowd to keep people in check. In the middle of the concert, James Hetfield said that he even saw the military personnel eventually taking their shirts off and start head-banging to Metallica!
Take a look at the video below by the Joe Rogan Experience on James Hetfield and the 1991 concert in the Soviet Union.