The brotherly love of Metallica was on full display during the band's recent concert in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
During the show, Hetfield began talking to the audience about the woman who gave birth at another Metallica concert in Brazil earlier this month. Perhaps that led to him reflecting on the passage of time, as he then told the crowd that he'd recently been feeling "a little bit insecure" about his playing ability as he gets older.
"Like, I'm an old guy, can't play anymore, all this bulls*** that I tell myself in my head," 58-year-old Hetfield said. "So I talked to [my band mates], and they helped me, as simple as that. They gave me a hug, and said, 'Hey, if you're struggling onstage, we've got your back.'"
Hetfield added, "And I tell you, it means the world to me."
As the crowd cheered, Lars Ulrich got up from behind his drum kit and joined guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo for an encore hug.
Hetfield then thanked the audience, declaring, "Seeing you out there, I am not alone...and neither are you."
You can watch fan-shot footage of the moment streaming now on YouTube.