While discussing epic Tesla coils featured during "Ride the Lightning" performance in "Through the Never" 3D film, Metallica frontman James Hetfield revealed having an idea that instantly captivated the fans - setting up a hologram of late bassist Cliff Burton to appear on stage.
"I had mentioned a lot of things that I wanted to do - Cliff Burton showing up in hologram or something like that," Hetfield said in the latest "Thorough the Never" making-of clip. "You know, let's take this to another level, and [I] just kept hearing 'No, that can't be done; no, that can't be done.' And Tesla coils were one of those things. Can't we have real electricity? And everyone just said 'No, it's f--king dangerous. It's deadly.'"
As the video shows, the Tesla coils idea was successfully carried through and involved a serious team effort.
"I said to [live equipment manager James Fairorth] Winky, 'We need Tesla coils, not the small ones you can buy in stores. I went to a science fair once and saw two gigantic Tesla coils - I know they're out there, we can get 'em, we can do it.'"
The Metallica team then tracked down a group of Nikola Tesla followers and eventually had the coils up and running. In order for them to work, the band was even forced to switch to analog equipment only during "Ride the Lightning," as the electricity started causing issues with digital gear.
After making its world premiere on this year's Toronto International Film Festival, "Through the Never" is set for an IMAX theaters debut on September 27.