Dave Lombardo Comments On Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ Cameo In Stranger Things

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Dave Lombardo photo: Puppybarf, CC BY-SA 3.0 (Wikimedia Commons) / Vecna (Stranger Things): Netflix
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Just a few months ago, a whole new generation of music listeners were introduced to the Metallica song “Master of Puppets,” all thanks to the Netflix show Stranger Things. For some people, this song appearing in Stranger Things was probably their first introduction to metal music; needless to say, this cameo took the pop culture world by storm.

We eventually came to find out that the son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo helped out with the performance of “Master of Puppets” in Stranger Things (alongside that of band guitarist Kirk Hammett). Since that Stranger Things season four finale, several metal musicians have commented on the song’s cameo. When we interviewed Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford this past summer, he told us how much he enjoys Stranger Things and would love to have a song from his band in the show.

Parkway Drive frontman Winston McCall is a big fan of the song’s cameo within the show, and actually thanks Netflix for helping to “validate” metal. And as of recently, another big metal artist has spoken up regarding this Metallica cameo – that artist being Dead Cross and Testament drummer Dave Lombardo.

Via a new interview with Consequence, Dave is asked about the Metallica song appearing in Stranger Things season four. Along with being asked what his thoughts are regarding the song’s appearance, he is also asked if he thinks the song’s inclusion is a good way of introducing young audiences to thrash metal. This is what Dave Lombardo had to say:

“I haven’t watched Stranger Things, and I don’t know what happened with Metallica in Stranger Things, so I really don’t know what’s going on there. If anything helps kids get turned on to metal music, that’s great.”

Well, fair enough Dave! That said, we like to see that he is on a similar page with Rob Halford – it is always a good thing to discover amazing music (and there is no wrong way in doing so)!