DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno has admitted to U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine that he is a “Belieber” — a.k.a. fan of pop singer Justin Bieber.
Asked what song you wouldn’t expect to find on his iPod, Moreno named Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” He explained: “I actually downloaded this song just yesterday. I had to; it’s completely unavoidable! It comes on in the car every time I get in it. And you know what? I like it! I really do! I don’t know how surprised people will be about that. I think people who know me know that I listen to a lot of corny shit! I’ve got no problem with it, so I’ll just keep on enjoying this one.”
The members of METALLICA were asked in a 2013 issue of Q magazine if they were “Beliebers” after Bieber claimed that the METALLICA songs “One” and “Fade To Black” were his “jams.” Frontman James Hetfield replied, “Are we Beliebers? Yes.” while drummer Lars Ulrich offered: “Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid’s really talented and obviously to go through what he’s going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he’s super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes ‘One’, and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.”
Bassist Robert Trujillo added: “As long as he stays out of trouble, I’ll be a Belieber.”
Back in 2013, a backstage video surfaced of Justin Bieber performing an impromptu cover of METALLICA’s “Fade To Black”. The 15-second clip showed Bieber playing air guitar while he tried to recreate the guitar solo from the classic 1984 METALLICA track with his voice.