James Hetfield

James Hetfield
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James Hetfield Biography

James Hetfield is the voice, among other things, of Metallica's songs but it wasn't always planned that way ... In the early days, Metallica tried a few different vocal/guitar configurations. Some of the experiments included adding another guitar player, or having then lead guitar player Dave Mustaine play the sole guitar. John Bush from Armored Saint was even asked to sing for the band at one point. When it comes to defining Metallica, most people use James Hetfield as their guide.

There's never any bullshit with James and there's never any shirking of duties. Example? When he recently threw his back out on the Summer Sanitarium 2000 tour, James ploughed his way through three weeks of intense physical therapy in four days, according to his physical therapist. And it is this sort of fierce, unbending dedication and devotion to Metallica, which has provided a cornerstone identity through the years for millions of fans. Read Full Bio >>

James Hetfield Trivia

  • Member of The National Rifle Association.
  • Getting ready to return to the studio with Metallica for recording of a new album slated to be released in 2000. [September 1999]
  • Is a skilled hunter.
  • Vocalist and guitarist for the heavy metal band Metallica.
  • Metallica's 1991 song "The God That Failed" was based on the death of Hetfield's mother as a child.
  • Metallica's hit 1991 song "Enter Sandman" was inspired by fears and nightmares Hetfield had as a child.
  • He originally wrote the hit 1991 Metallica song "Nothing Else Matters" for his girlfriend, but Metallica drummer and bandmate Lars Ulrich convinced him to use it for a Metallica song, which he did.
  • His wife is from Argentina and is a former costumer for his band Metallica.
  • Suffered second-degree burns through a stage pyrotechnic accident while touring in Montreal, Canada, 8 August 1992.
  • Daughter, Cali Tee Hetfield, was born in San Francisco, California, weighing in at 8 lbs 4 oz and measuring 20 inches long. [13 June 1998]
  • Son, Castor Virgil Hetfield, was born in San Francisco, California, weighing in at 9 lbs 6 oz and measuring 22 1/2 inches long. [18 May 2000]
  • Daughter, Marcella Francesca Hetfield, was born in San Francisco, California, weighing in at 8 lbs 5 oz and measuring 21 1/4 inches long. [17 January 2002]
  • Father of Cali Tee Hetfield and Castor Virgil Hetfield
  • His musical inspirations are Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, Venom, Nick Cave, Rocket From The Crypt, The Misfits, Black Sabbath.


James Hetfield Photos

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    "Absent" West Coast Premiere - Q & A

  • Justin Hunt, James Hetfield

    "Absent" West Coast Premiere - Q & A

  • James Hetfield

    "Absent" West Coast Premiere - Q & A

  • James Hetfield

    "Absent" West Coast Premiere - Q & A

  •  James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and Robert Trujillo

    "Call of Duty: Black Ops" Video Game Launch Party - Arrivals

  • James Hetfield

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2009 Inductee Press Conference with Metallica - Arrivals

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