metallica 2 by Cambria HarkeyWith recent revelations that Justin Bieber is in fact a Metallica fan, an interview with Q Magazine indicates that members of Metallica may be returning the adoration. While Metallica fans were infuriated over a cover the teenage pop idol performed, the band they adore have much love for the Biebs. Q Magazine asked the all important question – Are you Beliebers?

Metallica frontman James Hetfield answered:

“Are we Beliebers? Yes.” (vocal inflection not indicated)

Of course, drummer Lars Ulrich elaborated a little more deeply.

“Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid’s really talented and obviously to go through what he’s going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he’s super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes ‘One’, and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.”

Bassist Robert Trujillo said:

 “As long as he stays out of trouble, I’ll be a Belieber.”

There you have it Metallica fans. If your band likes him, it looks like it’s back off Bieber for the time being. And hey, if the impromptu tribute turns Beliebers into Metallica followers, why wouldn’t the band appreciate the kid? It’s all just gateway music from here.

Via Blabbermouth