Meanwhile in Brazil, a baby was born at a Metallica show (and Mom gets a call from James Hetfield)

If you know anything about Brazil, you’ll know that those people LOVE their metal. Nothing comes between those people and their heroes. This includes Joice Figueiró, a tattoo artist, who had tickets to a Metallica show at the Estádio Couto Pereira in Curitiba. Yeah, she was 39 weeks(!!!) pregnant, but she was determined to not miss the gig because, thanks to COVID, the show had been postponed. Joice had been holding on to these tickets for three years. And just to be sure she’d be comfortable, she had space in the accessible/disabled section of the stadium.

Things went fine for most of the evening. Joice felt great during Greta Van Fleet’s opening set. But when Metallica hit the stage, the contractions started. And they started coming closer and closer together

Then around 11 pm, Joice went into labour. By this time, an ambulance had called and EMS staff was on site, but the baby wasn’t going to wait. And at 11:15 pm Saturday, May 7, Luan Figueiró, came into the world just as Metallica launched into “Enter Sandman.” (James Hetfield originally wrote the song based on SIDS, but we’ll let that slide.) The birth took place at the venue.

Mom and baby are doing great.

Metallica has played hundreds, maybe thousands, of shows over their career and nothing like this has ever happened before. James Hetfield was so thrilled that he called Mom to congratulate her.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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