Video of Metallica performing “Nothing Else Matters” with Miley Cyrus on Howard Stern Show
Metallica consisting of frontman James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo continue to break musical boundaries by collaborating on songs with artists from different genres. Metallica and pop female rocker Miley Cyrus appeared virtually on the Howard Stern Show on September 9, 2021 to celebrate the reissue of The Black Album (1991) along with the release of The Metallica Blacklist. Metallica and Cyrus performed “Nothing Else Matters” during their appearance on Stern‘s show.
Hetfield spoke about his fears and trepidations in introducing the ballad “Nothing Else Matters” to his bandmates back in the day. The singer stated (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx):
“Yeah. Absolutely. It was just one of those very vulnerable places. You know, that was the last thing, especially late ’80s, we built this reputation of ‘tough guy’ and you know, we’re made of stone, you can’t hurt us, bla bla bla. This is one of the most vulnerable things and obviously, the tougher the armour, the bigger the heart you want to show but you’re afraid too. I was shocked when [producer] Bob Rock and [drummer] Lars [Ulrich] both said, ‘That’s beautiful. That’s an amazing song.’ It was a life changing experience to be ok with playing this for them and them accepting it.”
Metallica performing “Nothing Else Matters” with Miley Cyrus on Howard Stern Show: