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Metallica’s James Hetfield Talks About Chinese Censorship: We’re Not A Threat

Metallica’s James Hetfield Talks About Chinese Censorship: We’re Not A Threat

When bands perform in China, they must submit the lyrics of the songs they will perform to the Government. The songs are analysed and then, the band recieves a list of the songs they can and can’t play.

Metallica’s recent visit to the country was no different and James Hetfield, the abnd’s lead singer/guitarist was astonished by not being alowed to play “Master of Puppets”, one of Metallica’s classics.

In an interview with South Morning China Post, James understands the censorship in China, stating (via Loudwire) “Why shouldn’t you respect their culture when you’re there as a guest and you’ve been invited to play? We want to be respectful and just because we do things differently it doesn’t mean it should be forced upon [others].” 

Hetfield says he’s optimistic about returning to China and have the oportunity of playing “Master Of Puppets” and other amazing songs like “One” (in Shangai) and also, the latest album song, “Hardwired”.

James also says, “But hopefully we’ll keep coming back and they’ll realize we’re not a threat politically and we have no agenda except to cross boundaries with music and let people enjoy the songs”, he then said “We’re not trying to bring a secret message to anybody.”

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