Remember in Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" video when Lars Ulrich throws darts at a poster of Kip Winger? Well, the Winger frontman recently appeared on an episode of Appetite for Distortion to talk about the famous scene, revealing that Metallica frontman James Hetfield called him to offer an apology for the stunt.
During the podcast, Kip Winger recalled an episode of The Howard Stern Show where Ulrich addressed the darts moment. "You can see a video on Howard Stern where [Lars is] going, 'Man, I threw darts at Kip, but it was nothing personal," he said, as transcribed by Blabbermouth.
Winger continued, "He's never apologized, but James Hetfield called me about a year and a half ago and apologized for the incident. James was really cool. James is the kind of guy I can totally be friends with. And he was very sincere; it wasn't like he just called to apologize and then blow me off. He's actually texted me a few times; we text every now and then. I don't think Lars would ever call me to apologize."
"I think everybody was just young kids, and they were thinking it was funny," Kip added. "To me, it's not funny to slag off a fellow musician. But who knows? They were just doing what they were doing. I don't know. I can't answer to that."
Though Ulrich may have never apologized to Winger in person, the Metallica drummer was remorseful during a 2020 appearance on The Howard Stern Show. "In the 'Nothing Else Matters' video, which was filmed at the studio while we were recording the Black Album, we had a dartboard... We'd get Creem magazine, Circus magazine, and we'd take posters of people who look particularly obnoxious and put them up on the board and throw darts at them. There's a shot in that video of me throwing darts at Kip Winger. To this day I apologize when it's brought up in interviews; it was nothing against Kip Winger personally."
See Winger's new podcast interview below, and then revisit the infamous scene in the "Nothing Else Matters" video.