"They found out I sang and they asked me to come," Jeff says now of the tribute concert. "I realized I probably wouldn’t ever have another chance to pay my respects, no matter what kind of twisted feelings I have about Tim, no matter what kind of pain or anger I have against him—whatever I haven’t come to terms with. The fact that I never got to go to his funeral always bothered me. And I thought, I can sink down with this or I can get off it, and then whatever sort of development I’ve gone through, at least I’ve done that."
But I would say the songs themselves remind of an innocent Metallica… not tarnished, not ruined by fame…the honesty and the innocence of ‘Master of Puppets’ - still sleeping, living at the studio; still roughing it and still having that fire. And only Metallica on our minds, just Metallica. Now it’s different.
”..someone said to me that if it happens for you in this business, it’s equal parts talent, luck and work. You can’t have it without each of those things coming into play. I’ve worked so hard, and I’ve been so lucky, I’ve gotten to grow as an artist and do things which challenge me and which make me do better.”