Metallica & Joseph Quinn
Metallica's James Hetfield and Joseph Quinn | Image: Netflix

Metallica And Stranger Things’ Joseph Quinn Team Up For Backstage Jam

Stranger Things actor Joseph Quinn has teamed up with Metallica for a jam session ahead of the metal outfit’s headlining performance at Lollapalooza this week. The collaboration comes just weeks after Quinn helped the group’s 1986 song ‘Master Of Puppets’ receive a boost in popularity after his character, Eddie Munson, performed the song in the season four finale of Stranger Things.

This weekend, Netflix shared a video of Metallica and Quinn joining forces backstage at Lollapalooza, with the actor speaking to the band about the impact of the song’s appearance on the show. “I’m a big fan of [Stranger Things],” frontman James Hetfield explained. “My kids and I, it’s a bonding experience for us.”

Metallica team up with Stranger Things‘ Joseph Quinn at Lollapalooza

As the clip continues, Metallica not only thank Quinn “for doing it justice”, but offer him the opportunity to perform the track with them backstage. Kirk Hammett jokes that Quinn is hired, and drummer Lars Ulrich echoes this by saying that Metallica “is now a five-piece”.

The group then surprise Quinn by presenting him with a replica of the guitar played by his Eddie Munson character, signing it for the shocked actor. Later that night, Metallica closed out their set with ‘Master Of Puppets’, complementing the performance with video of Quinn’s own performance in the show.

Earlier this month, Metallica addressed the widespread popularity of ‘Master Of Puppets’, going so far as to take a stand against gatekeeping fans who took to social media to criticise those who only recently discovered the band. “FYI – EVERYONE is welcome in the Metallica Family,” the band said on TikTok.

“Whether you’ve been a fan for 40 hours or 40 years, we all share a bond through music. All of you started at ground zero at one point in time.”

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