Allow James Hetfield to explain the meaning of Metallica's '72 Seasons'

'How do you evolve and grow and mature and develop your own ideas and identity of self after those first 72 seasons?'
James Hetfield of Metallica
James Hetfield of Metallica Photo credit Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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Frontman "Papa Het" James Hetfield has provided a short explainer to go along with the recent announcement of Metallica's forthcoming 2023 album 72 Seasons, expounding on the concept that the specific timeframe (the first 18 years of our lives) helps form our true or false selves.

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"'72 Seasons' came out of a book I was reading about childhood, basically, and sorting out childhood as an adult," Hetfield explains in a new post to Metallica's social accounts, "and 72 seasons is basically the first 18 years of your life." James then asks, "How do you evolve and grow and mature and develop your own ideas and identity of self after those first 72 seasons?"

"Some things are more difficult than others, you know, some things you can't unsee and they're with you for the rest of your life, and other things you're able to rewind the tape and make a new tape, you know, in your life," he adds. "So, that's the real interesting part for me, is how you're able to address those situations as an adult and mature, sometimes."

Metallica announced the upcoming release of their next album, 72 Seasons, in late-November, with plans for it to hit shelves and streaming services in April of 2023. Check out the first single, “Lux Æterna,” below, as well as the group’s massive tour itinerary currently scheduled for 2023-24 right HERE.

Two-Day tickets are available now, while single-day tickets will be available beginning on January 20.

Metallica - 72 Seasons tracklisting:

72 Seasons
Shadows Follow
Screaming Suicide
Sleepwalk My Life Away
You Must Burn!
Lux Æterna
Crown of Barbed Wire
Chasing Light
If Darkness Had a Son
Too Far Gone?
Room of Mirrors

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