James Hetfield, Slash, Tarja, and more remember legendary film composer Ennio Morricone

Posted by on July 6, 2020


Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone has died. The 91-year-old Oscar-winning Italian composer, who scored more than 500 films, died this morning (6th) in Rome following complications from a fall last week, resulting in breaking his femur. Known as “The Maestro,” he took home the Oscar in 2015 for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. While some believe he invented the film score, it’s the Western classic, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly that many Metallica fans will immortalize his memory remembering him most for the epic “The Ecstasy of Gold,” which has been Metallica’s introduction track since 1983. However, his work goes beyond that as other titles include, The Golden Globe and BAFTA winner of 1986’s The Mission, BAFTA winner for 1987’s The Untouchables, BAFTA winner of 1978’s Days of Heaven, and more.

Morricone’s influence has surpassed film as his impeccable craft has heavily influenced musicians. The entertainment industry has reacted to his death via social media, including James Hetfield, Metallica, Slash, Tarja Turunen, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and more.

“The day we first played “The Ecstasy of Gold” as our new intro in 1983 it was magic! It has become a part of our blood flow, deep breathing, fist bumping, prayers and band huddle pre-show ritual ever since. I have sung that melody thousands of times to warm up my throat before hitting the stage. Thank you Ennio for pumping us up, being a big part of our inspiration, and a bonding between band, crew, and fan. I will forever think of you as part of the Metallica family.

R.I. P. Maestro Morricone 🙏🏻

With respect,

James ‘papa h’”



“R.I.P. Ennio Morricone

Your career was legendary, your compositions were timeless. Thank you for setting the mood for so many of our shows since 1983.”




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We send our thoughts and condolences to Morricone’s family, friends, and colleagues during this tragic time.


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