Metallica deny military torture instruction
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Metallica have issued a statement denying they told US military forces to stop using their songs as instruments of torture.
It comes after the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden, known only as ‘The Shooter,’ told how it was common policy in Iraq to “soften people up before we interrogated them” by playing Metallica tracks.
The Shooter said: “Metallica got wind of this and they said, ‘Hey, please don’t use our music because we don’t want to promote violence.’ I thought, ‘Dude, you have an album called Kill ‘Em All.’”
But the thrash giants insist that’s not true. A statement says: “There has been a lot of talk recently about us asking the military not to use our music to ‘soften people up before interrogation.’
“We NEVER commented to the military either way on this matter. Any statements that have been made otherwise are not correct.”
Frontman James Hetfield previously said he was unsure how he felt about his music being used for military reasons, but added: “We’re trying to be apolitical as possible. I think politics and music, at least for us, don’t mix.”