Metallica frontman James Hetfield said in an interview with Guitar World that the band’s new song “Moth Into Flame” is about a Britney Spears-like “pop queen” who crashes and burns at the height of her fame. But Hetfield denied having a specific person in mind when he wrote the tune, saying, “The ‘pop queen’ in the song is not really female or male. It’s about how people think popularity or fame is going to solve their problems. Or whether fame should even be a goal for a musician.”

He added, “The song was somewhat inspired by the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy. When I watched it, it really made me sad that a talented person like that fell for the fame part of it. But, to some degree, I see that mentality reflected in everyday life — people obsessively taking selfies and sending them to friends for validation.”

  • Asked how “autobiographical” “Moth Into Flame” is, Hetfield admitted, “The Some Kind Of Monster film is a prime example of believing that people need you in a certain way, and if you don’t deliver, they’ll hate you . . . During that period, we were being swallowed. We stopped caring about each other. We didn’t care what Metallica meant to us and other people. We could only see the ugly side and we wanted to get away from it.”
  • Hetfield told us a while ago that Metallica could have ended at that point but decided to fight through it together: [“We could have taken the easy way out and just said, ‘Nah, forget it. Let’s just get divorced.’ But man, we had too much history, we had too much magic that happens between us. And I think the whole giving up thing, that to me has always been a disappointment. People give up at stuff — that’s not role-model material.”] 
  • “Moth Into Flame” is taken from Metallica’s 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which arrives on November 18th.
  • The band is currently on tour in South America and will hit the road extensively in the U.S. in 2017.