Eddie Munson lived to shred another day — backstage at Lollapalooza, anyway.
At a crucial moment in the stranger things season 4 finale, Eddie released an epic rendition of Metallica’s 1986 heavy-metal classic “Master of Puppets.” And now Joseph Quinn, who plays the sweet and doomed Eddie, has jammed with the puppet masters themselves.
“Thank you so much for letting us use the track,” a visibly elated Quinn told the foursome as they basked backstage at the Chicago Music Festival.
Singer James Hetfield immediately fired back, “Thank you for doing him justice.”
netflix “Stranger Things” star Joseph Quinn met Metallica during a rehearsal for their headlining concert in Lollapalooza.
Quinn, who told EW he’s been playing guitar since he was a kid, explained why meeting the metal gods who created his character’s jaw-dropping moment was so important to him.
“That’s all I’ve been listening to for two years,” he said. “I feel very connected to you guys.”
The feeling was mutual. Since the episode dropped on July 1, “Master of Puppets” has been given new life (unlike Eddie – RIP!), landing on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and climbing into the top 40. And beyond that , Hetfield is a former stranger things aficionado.
“I’ve been a big fan of it, since season 1,” he told Quinn. “My kids and I have been a bonding experience for us.”
After their sit-down chat, the band then invited Quinn to the tuning room for a jam session.
“I’m a little rusty so I might need a lesson,” he warned them before rushing in and going neck and neck with Hetfield.
It clearly passed the test, leading drummer Lars Ulrich to quip, “I’d like to announce that Metallica is now a quintet.”
After their session, the band surprised Quinn with a custom BC Rich guitar identical to the one he played in the show, and Quinn fell to his knees in pleading as they handed it over.
When he started tying it around his neck, the band offered to sign it, and he took it off and put it back on immediately.
netflix Joseph Quinn and Metallica hang out at a Lollapalooza rehearsal.
On Thursday, Metallica closed its opening night Lollapalooza by screening the now famous stranger things scene of Eddie’s last fight on stage behind them as they ripped “Master of Puppets” to the delight of the crowd.
stranger things season 4 is now streaming on Netflix. Watch Quinn meet Metallica below.
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