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Elton John made James Hetfield cry. During a recent episode of the Howard Stern Show that aired last week, the Metallica frontman was reduced to tears after the Rocket Man himself said that "Nothing Else Matters" is "one of the best songs ever written."
Hetfield and his three other bandmates — Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo — were seated next to Miley Cyrus at a performance studio while Stern chatted with them about the 30th anniversary of the "Black Album," the legacy of the band and the guests who appeared on the Metallica Blacklist covers compilation, which included Cyrus and John putting their own spin on "Nothing Else Matters."
In the middle of the interview, Stern welcomed John as he video-called into the conversation and began effusively praising the "Black Album" ballad, the record overall and Metallica's integral place in rock history.
"Listen, this is one of the best songs ever written, to me," John said while describing his rendition of it. "It's a song that never gets old. And playing on this track, I just couldn't wait. The chord structure, the melodies, the time changes, it's got drama written all over it."
It's at this point in the interview that Hetfield looks visibly emotional and begins wiping away tears from his eyes, as he's clearly moved by one of the most famous pop artists of all time heaping praise upon the song he wrote all those years ago.
John continued, "I have to say, it was a no-brainer playing on this song. Metallica are probably the crème de la crème of those kind of bands. You can't really define them. They're not a heavy metal band. They're a musical band. Their songs aren't just heavy metal. They're beautiful songs. This is such a melodic song — it's fucking great, actually."
See the whole clip above via YouTube.