Metallica’s James Hetfield calls Canadian woman who used “Don’t Tread on Me” to escape cougar encounter

ABC/Randy HolmesLast week, a Canadian woman named Denise Gallant made headlines after she used the Metallica song "Don't Tread on Me" to scare off a cougar. Speaking to KelownaNow, she said that she wished that she could contact the band and tell frontman James Hetfield that he "saved [her] life." Now, Hetfield has contacted her.

According to Canada's CTV News, Hetfield gave Gallant a call after her story went viral.

"He's so down-to-earth, and such a great person," Gallant says of the metal singer. "I'm really pleased to find that out."

Just in case Gallant suspected that she wasn't speaking to the real James Hetfield, he also texted her a selfie which showed him giving the metal horns.

"Thought you might like some confirmation that it was me," he wrote.

Following the publication of Gallant's story, daily views of "Don't Tread on Me" on YouTube increased by as much as 1,500 percent.

In other Metallica-related news, the metal legends have released the trailer for their forthcoming concert film S&M2, which will document their upcoming orchestra-accompanied shows in San Francisco.  The shows celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1999 live album, S&M.

The shows take place September 6 and 8 at SF's new Chase Center; the film hits theaters for one night only on October 9. Tickets to screenings are available now via

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