It was a moment to forget for Metallica frontman James Hetfield in Amsterdam on Monday, as the vocalist took a tumble after falling through the band's customized stage. Watch the video of the incident above.
The band was rocking to their song "Now That We're Dead" off their latest record, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, when Hetfield fails to mind the gap and plummets down the stage. The 54-year-old falls about three feet and takes a moment to recollect himself as his bandmates play on. Two crew members help him back up and he is able to finish the song (and the remaining concert) under his own will.
Fortunately, Hetfield found some humor in the moment. "Yes, I'm okay," he says to the crowd following the fall. "My ego, not so much."
Metallica returns to the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam for a sold-out show on Wednesday night. The iconic metal group will tour Europe exclusively through next May, with four separate legs scheduled over the next nine months. Barring any more stage stumbles, let's hope the Hetfield and Co. return for a North American run sometime in between.