Stranger Things: Metallica Pays Tribute to Eddie Munson at Lollapalooza, Thanks First Time Fans

Metallica wrapped up day 1 of Lollapalooza with a terrific set, playing some of their greatest hits, including “Master of Puppets,” which has been trending all over the world since featuring in Netflix’s Stranger Things season 4.

In an exhilarating performance, Metallica paid tribute to Eddie Munson from Stranger Things, whose actions in the season four finale, set to the tune of “Master of Puppets,” will go down as one of the most sensational TV moments in history.

British actor Joseph Quinn joined Stranger Things season 4 as an eccentric D&D enthusiast and Hawkins’ outcast, Eddie Munson, who finds himself embroiled in the strange events happening in the town. In Stranger Things season 4 finale, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Eddie devise a plan to lure the demobats away so that the rest of the team can take out the new big baddie, Vecna. While their plans fall apart pretty quickly, it does make for an electrifying scene: metalhead Eddie riffing to Metallica in an alternate dimension with red lighting in the background.

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The song he played was Metallica’s 1986 classic “Master of Puppets,” which, just like Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” is now again topping music charts three decades after its release. The needle drops in Stranger Things season 4 have introduced a new generation to music from the ‘80s, with several young fans storming into Metallica’s recent concerts. And the band is here for all the newfound love.

Metallica expressed their gratitude to the new fans before their set. Here’s what frontman James Hetfield said to the crowd (via The New York Post) before asking how many first-timers were in attendance.

“Forty-one years to still be up here kicking your asses and you still kicking ours … we were born to do this and we’re glad we’re still doing it.”

“Where have you been?” Hetfield responded to the unusually large number of first-timers. Metallica would go on to play their best-known songs before finally, in a firework-riddled display with Joseph Quinn’s Eddie Munson in the background, they performed “Master of Puppets”. You can check out some of the clips below.

Metallica Appreciates The Newfound Love From Stranger Things Fans

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While it would be an overstatement to say Stranger Things has popularized Metallica again, it’s certainly introduced a new generation of fans to their music. Metallica themselves are big fans of Stranger Things and loved the use of their music in season 4, revealing they were “blown away” in a statement.

“The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include ‘Master of Puppets’ in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it. We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away… it’s so extremely well done.”

Metallica has also defended its young fans against criticism. “I’m sorry Metallica for all the fake Stranger Things fans. love ya,” one fan wrote on TikTok. The band was quick to shut him down and said their music could appeal to anyone. Metallica added:

“FYI – EVERYONE is welcome in the Metallica Family. 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.”

Stranger Things is streaming on Netflix right now, and as for Metallica, the band is reportedly working on a new album, which is great news for the fans-new and old.