WATCH: Metallica Become Actual Puppet Masters on Kimmel

Publish Date
Monday, 17 April 2023, 11:54AM

Can Metallica actually master puppets? That was the question posed to the metal icons on Wednesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, resulting in a hilarious sketch. Oh, and the band also rocked an epic rendition of “Master of Puppets” on the show.

Following his monologue, host Jimmy Kimmel introduced a pre-taped segment in which the four members of Metallica went to marionette school to learn how to become puppeteers. After a quick lesson from the pros, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers were tasked with performing a theatrical production in front of a group of young children.

Lars Ulrich had the honour of appearing first, controlling a cactus puppet, as he began the story of how Metallica became a band in an amusing high-pitched voice. James Hetfield came out next, manipulating a cat puppet. Soon followed Kirk Hammett, the donkey, and Robert Trujillo, the invisible man.

One of the funniest moments came when the band was deciding what genre of music to play. After passing on country and polka, they were compelled by Satan himself (or at least a puppet version) to pursue heavy metal.

Later on, Metallica closed on the show with a full eight-minute-plus performance of “Master of Puppets,” as the Kimmel audience shouted back “master” in unison throughout the song.

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