Metallica Kicks Off “Late Late Show” Residency with Embarrassing Story and a Performance

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica kicked off a week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Monday, in honor of host Craig Ferguson, who will be leaving the late-night show December 19.

The band is marking the 10-year anniversary reissue of its behind-the-scenes documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Metallica's lead singer James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich chatted with  Ferguson about the documentary and an embarrassing incident for Ulrich.

After telling Ferguson he was a big fan of the English rock band Motörhead, Ulrich recalled how a picture taken of him after vomiting on himself wound up on the inner sleeve of a Motörhead album.

"[Motörhead frontman] Lemmy [Kilmister] came to town," Ulrich remembers, "and I was pretty nervous, so [I drank] a couple of shots of straight vodka....So I tried that outside of Lemmy's hotel, walked in and a couple of hours later I woke up and I'd been photographed and it ended up on the inner sleeve of the next Motörhead album."

Ulrich also told Ferguson about the troubles documentary producers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky encountered when they attempted to film the band recording their 2003 album, St Anger.

"They came up to San Francisco to film the process of us making a new record," Ulrich recalled. "And then over the course of the next few months, one breakdown after another breakdown occurred."

Hetfield and Ulrich were later joined by lead guitarist Kirk Hammet and bassist Robert Trujillo to perform "Hit the Lights."

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