Master of the reverse.
Ahead of Metallica’s highly anticipated performance at the Lollapalooza the legendary heavy metal band met with “Stranger Things” star Joseph Quinn for a full-fledged jam session.
Metallica’s 1986 single “Master of Puppets” is the culmination of the final season’s storyline, as Quinn’s character – high school misfit Eddie Munson – performs the track in the final episode to ward off a demon’s psychically corrupting power.
Ever since the episode aired, fans have been patiently waiting to see Quinn and Metallica team up in real life.
In the video, which was shared on various social media accounts, the British actor, 29, revealed that the song “all [he] listened to for two years” before filming the hair-raising climax sequence.
“I feel a great connection to you guys,” he told the band backstage at the festival venue.
The mood obviously went both ways. “I’m a big fan of [the show]. I’ve been in it since season 1,” gushed lead singer James Hetfield, 58.
“My kids and I, it was a bonding experience for us,” he added.
Metallica publicly announced their enthusiastic approval of the inclusion of “Master of Puppets” in an Instagram post earlier this month.
“The way the Duffer Brothers brought music to ‘Stranger Things’ has always been a whole new level, so we were overjoyed that they not only brought ‘Master of Puppets’ to the show, but a such a central scene was built around it,” they wrote, while giving a shoutout to Stranger Things co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer.
“We were all thrilled to see the end result and when we did we were absolutely blown away.”
As a gesture of appreciation, the band members presented Quinn with a custom-made — and signed — replica of BC Rich’s electric guitar that Eddie is using on-screen.
Although the song’s 40th anniversary is only a few years away, the fact that it featured prominently in this season of Stranger Things propelled it to the top of the charts worldwide in early July.