Speaking to the press (via Deadline) at the Emmys after winning the award for Outstanding Music Supervision, Felder says Metallica sent her an incredible gift to say thank you for using « Master of Puppets. » Not only was she sent flowers, but a « Master of Puppets » box set, which she says is worth around $3,000. According to Felder, Metallica was eager to welcome new fans that were first introduced to their music via Stranger Things. Read Felder’s full comment below:
They sent me flowers. They sent me this incredible ‘Master of Puppets’ box set, which I heard — you know, my son’s like, that’s worth, like, $3,000! Their management has sent me notes on their behalf. And they’re lovely. They’re really lovely people. I’m sure you’ve seen they’ve embraced everything. They’ve got lots of new fans and their older fans are kind of like, who’s all these new people? And they’re like, everybody’s welcome in the Metallica family. It’s just wonderful that the music is just bringing people together.
Though Felder hasn’t shared how difficult it was to license the Metallica song for Stranger Things, the band’s response to the overwhelming love for « Master of Puppets » shows how eager they were for their music to be used in the series. Recently, it was revealed that it took nearly two years of negotiations for Stranger Things to use « Running Up That Hill, » as Bush is very particular about which films and TV series she’ll let her music be used in. Ultimately, both Bush and Metallica made good decisions, as « Running Up That Hill » and « Master of Puppets » are now charting better than they did during their initial releases.