The crowd at the Virginia Tech Hokies game on September 3 got so hyped up by Metallica's 1991 hit "Enter Sandman" that it literally registered on a seismograph. Metallica frontman James Hetfield said in an interview with SiriusXM's Shawn The Butcher that the video gave him goosebumps, and that he's glad Virginia Tech loves the song.
Hetfield also said writing a song that pumps a crowd up like "Enter Sandman" is completely out of the artist's hands, and is all about how the crowd reacts.
"Oh it is – I tell you, even just talking about it, I get goosebumps. IT was spectacular. The VT game, everyone jumping. I mean the military, the crowd, the team. I mean, everybody. And I tell you, it has been an eight year kind of progression with it, but to be a part of their lives, to be a part of their team, and to pump people up with that, there's no way. We can site and try to write something that, 'Oh, we need a song to pump the crowd up.'
… you can try to do that, but it's not gonna work. It's just not. So all of these things happen for a reason. It was out of our hands, out of our control. I mean, those fans of Virginia Tech, they're the ones that made that. I mean, they needed that. So they found our song and we're grateful for that. So we're grateful."