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Joining the outpouring of love and respect from both film and music lovers alike, Metallica have taken to social media to pay tribute to the man whose music has given thousands of fans goosebumps as the band have readied themselves to take to the stage over the years.
“Your career was legendary, your compositions were timeless,” they write. “Thank you for setting the mood for so many of our shows since 1983.”
Frontman James Hetfield also took to Facebook to pay his own respects, writing that he will “forever think of [Ennio] as part of the Metallica family”.
“The day we first played The Ecstasy Of Gold as our new intro in 1983 it was magic!” he said. “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. Thank you Ennio for pumping us up, being a big part of our inspiration, and a bonding between band, crew, and fan. I will forever think of you as part of the Metallica family.”