Michal from metallica.sk: There are many passionate fans in Bulgaria


When you’re standing next to James, you’ll start shaking

Our next Metallica friend from abroad we talked to is Michal from Slovakia

HOS: What is your name (nickname), where are you from and position it your local chapter?
My name is Michal, I am from Bratislava, Slovakia and I am a Chapter Head of metallica.sk, the Czech and Slovak Local Chapter of the Metallica Club.

HOS: When was the first time you have heard Metallica and which song?
I am not really sure, but it might be The Unforgiven sometimes late 1991/early 1992. I fell in love with Metallica for life one year later, in the early 1993.

HOS: Your favorite album or song? And explain why?
If I have to pick up one studio album, it would be The Black Album simply for the reason that it was my first album from the guys and it attracted me to Metallica.

HOS: What is Metallica personally for you? Did Metallica change your life in some way?
Metallica means a lot to me. It may sound as cliché, but there’s no better way to say it. And did it change my life? Yes, most of the people I consider my best friends I met only because of Metallica.

HOS: When and where you have seen Metallica Live? Which one is your personal favorite? And how many concerts you want to see in the future?
To this date, I saw Metallica more than 30 times. Prague 1996 was my first one. The one which I missed, and which I’m going to regret forever, was the first and only Metallica show in my country so far, the gig with Megadeth as support and Jim Martin joining Metallica for Last Caress later during the show, the June 8, 1993 show in Bratislava. My favorite shows from those I’ve seen? Prague 1996 for being my first one, Rock Im Park 1999 – my first one in the first row, a concert with the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra in November 1999 (for me, that was also the last time I saw Jason Newsted). My other favorite shows include the gig at Wembley 2007, Sofia 2008 (I mean this – not just because it is in Bulgaria; I had a really good time at that show – great sound, great view, everything great), Jonschwil 2008 and also, for the obvious reasons, the Death Magnetic Release Party show in Berlin from September 12, 2008.

HOS: Where are the craziest Metallica fans you’ve ever met?
A: Bulgaria scores high on this list, because of many passionate fans willing to travel far for Metallica. The craziest fans I saw live in action at a show though were in Turkey.

HOS: Have you ever met some of the guys in person and what was the first thing in you mind when you saw them?
Yes, several times. I was extremely nervous, as you can imagine. I was lucky to work for the MetClub couple of times last year, which included shooting Meet & Greets, so I spent more time in one room with them last year than ever – which did not make me feel much more calm, but it gets a tiny little bit easier every time. Although when you’re standing next to James Hetfield (or any other Metallica member)… you can’t help it, you’ll start shaking. 😉

HOS: You must explain what is Metallica to you`re 5 year old kid, how will you so that?
The kid will know it much earlier than at 5 years of age. 😉

HOS: When did you join the MetClub and when was born the idea for the local chapter?
The first time I joined the club was in 1998 or 1999, I think. Around that time, I created my first website about Metallica, which later become www.metallica.sk. That’s how I started to meet people with the level of appreciation for Metallica as myself. I have always been thinking about founding a fan club, so that’s only one step from there to creating a local chapter.

HOS: What is the main purpose of your local chapter?
It’s mostly the website with a board, where we chat every day about Metallica. We also meet in person occasionally.

HOS: Do you know something for Bulgaria? Would you say something special to the members of HOS?
I’ve met some very nice people from Bulgaria at Metallica shows and parties, and on the Internet, too. Thanks for being so cool. I hope to meet you all guys again when Metallica storms through Europe again.

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