It was being reported that Metallica issued a cease-and-desist order to the military regarding using their music during interrogations. Here’s what a “US Navy SEAL credited with killing the late al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden” had to say on the matter. Via Music Feeds:
“When we first started the war in Iraq, we were using Metallica music to soften people up before we interrogated them,” he said.
“Metallica got wind of this and they said, ‘Hey, please don’t use our music because we don’t want to promote violence.’
However, the band have just posted a message on their website that states that they made no such demand.
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.
Oh boy, doesn’t really seem like there’s an easy out for Metallica in this situation. Either they’ll be painted as un-American or pro-violence. Can we get a team of 50 PR people over here, stat?