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Stranger Things didn’t create fake Metallica fans

It’s almost impossible to listen to Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and not associate as a fan favorite from the latest Stranger Things season.

Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn, performed the song during the show’s intense season finale.

As someone like myself who was raised with metal music – thank you, dad – it was an honor, as a fan, to hear this song used during an epic scene. My eyes were wide the entire time, my arms up in the air cheering, while my mind was blown away with the way the song was perfect for this moment in television history.

After the scene was over, I had a huge smile on my face. I thought to myself, “Man, they really did that!”

Hours later, I was on Twitter reading tweets, with people calling new Metallica fans fake and telling “real fans” to not share their music.

How can someone try to gatekeep this band? Metallica has been around since the ’80s and is still relevant today. The band still frequently tours and is currently on the road.

You really can’t keep a band like this away from new fans. One way or another, Metallica will enter the lives of younger audiences and the music will continue to live on.

The band was excited to have their song on the show and met with Joseph Quinn backstage at Lollapalooza 2022. Their performance of “Master of Puppets” even included two large screens projecting that scene during the show.

It’s safe to say the band is a fan of the show.

Music is universal and songs are meant to be shared with everyone. Please don’t be that person that keeps music away from someone that’s interested in it. Instead, be glad you were able to introduce great, new music to a potential new fan. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up going to shows with them.

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