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Metallica's James Hetfield Pays Tribute To Late Composer Ennio Morricone

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Metallica lead singer and co-founder James Hetfield paid tribute to late Italian composer Ennio Morricone in a post on the rock band's official Instagram page.

Hetfield recalled the day Metallica first played "The Ecstasy of Gold," a musical composition by Morricone.

"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 sang that melody thousands of times to warm up my throat before hitting the stage," Hetfield said.

"Thank you Ennio for pumping us up, being a big part of our inspiration, and a bonding between band, crew, and fan," he added. "I will forever think of you as part of the Metallica family."

Metallica has used "The Ecstasy of Gold" as the introductory music for its concerts since 1983. This composition is also included on the band's live symphonic album, S&M, as well as the live album Live Shit: Binge & Purge.

Morricone died in Rome on Monday at the age of 91 following complications from a fall.

(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

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