James Hetfield, singer, guitarist
Singer ~ Guitarist

James Hetfield

August 3, 1963, Downey, CA

Feeling isolated from his high school classmates (and in the wake of his mother's death when he was a teenager), Hetfield turned to playing guitar and the sounds of '70s heavy metal: Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith, AC/DC, UFO, and Blue Oyster Cult. His enlistment in a few garage bands followed (two being Obsession and Leather Charm), yet didn't lead to much. But he would soon find a kindred musical spirit from an ad in the local music paper placed by a L.A.-by-way-of-Denmark drummer/metal fan, Lars Ulrich. ~ Allmusic: James Hetfield ~ retrieved November 13, 2015 © Allmusic

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Hetfield stated that he’s not a fan of the “farewell tour,” especially when bands reconsider midway through. He explained, “I don’t think that’s fair to anyone. KISS‘ farewell tour for the 10th time? Scorpions were done and then they tour? You can’t say that and then not do it. I don’t know what’s in store for us. I don’t want to go on the history of how other bands have done it. We’re unique in our own path and unique in how our path ends.” ~ Loudwire: Metallica's James Hetfield Calls Out Kiss, Scorpions Over ‘Farewell’ Tours ~ June 27, 2014 © Loudwire

James Hetfield ~ Named Hit Parader's #24 Heavy Metal's All Time Top 100 Vocalists in 2006.


Analysis of Metallica's lyrics reveals the band's unique penchant for conjuring up the timeless grandiosity of myth by placing the object of a line before its subject: “This fight he cannot win,” and “Off the beaten path I reign” are two examples. The band's head-banging thrash metal songs are short, but not sweet; they're delivered with grim, tight expressions, and a minimum of emotion, which gives the impression that the entire band is grimacing. ~ Musicianguide: Metallica ~ retrieved November 13, 2015 © Musicianguide

Metallica ~ Ranked #61 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “In 1984, I was on tour with my band, somewhere in the middle of America. It was around 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. We're all crammed into our van, with all our equipment. It was raining. We were tired, we'd been on the road. And this music comes on the radio. I couldn't believe that it existed. My mind was being blown by this beautiful violence that was unlike anything I'd ever heard before.” ~ Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

Metallica ~ Kill 'Em All (1983) ~ Ranked #35 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ With their 1983 debut, Kill 'Em All, Metallica rose up from the heavy-metal underground to establish a vital new subgenre. ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

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