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James Hetfield--MetallicA





TheMentor
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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 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 when the going got really tough, and James needed help in 2001, he sought it out, took it on and came back stronger than ever. It is precisely this sort of fierce, unbending dedication, devotion and spirit which has made James such an inspirational focal point through the years for millions of fans.

Ironically, the voice of Metallica (indeed, a defining voice of his rock'n'roll generation) very nearly wasn't a voice at all, simply because in the early days, James Hetfield didn't fancy being a lead vocalist. Metallica tried a few different vocal/guitar configurations. Some of the options considered included adding another
guitar player, having then-lead guitar player Dave Mustaine play the sole guitar and asking John Bush from Armored Saint to sing for the band. Of course common sense prevailed, James decided to fight harder to establish himself as a frontman and the results are, ahem, history

To trace the roots of Hetfield's unflinching dedication and determination, you have to go back to a childhood that was often tough but laid a foundation, which underscores James today. Born to a truck driver and light opera singer on August 3rd, 1963, in Los Angeles, his family's Christian Science religious beliefs played a large part in the young Hetfield's life, and subsequently form a central point for many of Metallica's lyrics. He was 9 years old when he first took piano lessons before taking on brother David's drums and finally picking up a guitar in his pre-teens.

With the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy providing inspiration, James quickly set about the task of becoming a rock star in his first band, Obsession. Made up of the Veloz brothers on bass and drums, with Jim Arnold on guitar, plenty of time was spent in the Veloz's garage jamming with Ron McGoveny and Dave Marrs acting as roadies. McGovney subsequently stepped in alongside Marrs and Hetfield when the Veloz brothers incarnation ended.

After moving to Brea, California, James attended Brea Olinda High School and met up with drummer Jim Mulligan. The two jammed at lunch time scaring fellow guitarists with their loud and heavy sounds before a guy called Hugh Tanner was seen carrying around part of a flying V guitar at school. Phantom Lord was born with Hugh on guitar, Mulligan on drums and James singing plus playing guitar. The group went through a few bass players until graduation when James moved back to Downey.

Back in Downey, James moved into a house owned by Ron McGovney's parents that was slated for demolition due to an expressway expansion. It was the perfect place for James and Ron to crash, rehearse and jam. James talked Ron into taking up bass, Phantom Lord was no more and the third band under Hetfield's leadership.

Leather Charm, was born. The only difference between Charm and Lord, was James singing without guitar and Ron playing bass guitar, Hugh Tanner and Jim Mulligan retaining their former 'Lord positions. Leather Charm was a largely hard rock combo, playing some originals and covers such as Iron Maiden's 'Remember Tomorrow' amongst others. The band managed to perform at a few parties and recorded a demo, but then began to fall apart.

First Tanner left the band (replaced by Troy James), then Mulligan left for a more progressive, Rush-like band. And with no drummer, the band was forced to call it quits. Although it was Mulligan's departure that led to James searching for a new drummer, we can safely say that Hugh Tanner was responsible for the catalytic moment which would change the course of James Hetfield's life and out him on the path to achieving his childhood ambition. How? Simple...Tanner introduced James to Lars Ulrich. The rest, as you'll read elsewhere, is a long, illustrious (occasionally curious) and still-evolving history...

James is the main songwriter in Metallica, co-creating the framework and structure for most Metallimaterial. When he's not writing, singing or playing, James enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, snowboarding, water and jet-skiing, sketching, annoying neighbors with guns and loud pipes on his chopper "The Saga", watching his favorite Oakland Raiders and going to hot-rod shows. He also collects older guitars (particularly those from 1963) and enjoys working on old cars. Amongst his favorites are a '55 Chevy BelAir (which he helped built and restore himself), and 'The Beast', a fearsome all-terrain 4-wheel drive Blazer that is designed to survive everything from earthquakes to nuclear holocausts. Aside from these pursuits, James is often happiest spending time with his wife Francesca and three children, Cali, Castor, and Marcella.



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nevillethenerd
I'm not trying to be rude or to troll you but I gave up on metallica a long time ago. After seeing them touring 'justice' in fact. they had made a full and successful transition from true raw honest metal band to full on rockstar wankers. the chief culprit was of course lars but hetfield seemed t think he was sid barrett or something or an intellectual. his refusal to sing 'seek and destroy' live was the last straw for me i'm sorry to say. tell me [and be honest here] what you really think of that last album? poor production, or just plain crap? [and god knows what the next one will be like after rick rubin's finished putting his stamp on their sound. heheh, bet slayer are laughing their arses off, they left rubin behind ten years ago.]
theelectrictwins
to be honest i really don't like james hetfield. he seems to be one of the most arrogant personalities in rock music, rivaled only by Bono of U2 (but at least bono gives back to the world.) On top of that, Metallica was really not a very good band; i personally preferred Megadeth, who had a similar sound to Metallica but also had a sense of humor
Billy Hill
I like Metallica and James. (Also Megadeth). They've had thier ups and downs like many bands, but they keep (usually) putting out music I like. Hell, I even got to like St. Anger after a while. (Most of it, anyway)
Konimaka
i love Metallica, and i love James Hetfield Wink
tkGER
I couldn't agree more with the one who said he's so arrogant. I'll never forget when I saw the video of the S&M, after playing Nothin Else Matters,he stood up and started clapping at the orchestra. I don't know, but his attitude was a bit unsuitable for the occassion. I don't like his attitude at any time Razz
For me the image of MetallicA was always Lars, Cliff until he died (may he rest in peace) or Jason until he left
S3nd K3ys
tkGER wrote:
I couldn't agree more with the one who said he's so arrogant. I'll never forget when I saw the video of the S&M, after playing Nothin Else Matters,he stood up and started clapping at the orchestra. I don't know, but his attitude was a bit unsuitable for the occassion. I don't like his attitude at any time Razz
For me the image of MetallicA was always Lars, Cliff until he died (may he rest in peace) or Jason until he left


That wasn't arrogance. That was appreciation. If I were playing with someone I hadn't played with before and they did to the audience what that orchestra did then I'd damn sure stand up and clap for them too. That video gave me chills.

Metallica has been one of my fav's for 20 years. (Another is Oingo Boingo)
arkebuzer
I dont really care how he is as person as long as they make good music Wink
If you are looking for good role models I dont think anyone of them suites the purpose.
Solo Turco
I like Metallica. Many people love the Metallica before Load, another big group love between Load and Synphony and the last part loves the new shape of it.

I think change is irresistible, by the way, the main style is still same, and I like it. I never loved Metallica with a passion, so I am not a fanatic listener, but I always enjoy the Metallica songs.

In my opinion, James Hetfield is sure great about songs and guitar. Whenever I critisize him, I hear this:

"Hey, he is a very big guitarist and singer, do you think that you know more than him?!"

Surely, my words are not in order to say "he is not good at music". Everyone has different taste, so we critisize. But while I am telling my ideas, I never want to critic Hetfield's career (also the members of Metallica). For that reason, noone should think that I hate him.

As I told, everyone has different tastes, different likings, different hobbies. Hetfield ignored the bass guitar a little, he made the organizations upon his rythms and Ulrich's drums. Whenever I listen another metal band, I feel this difference. I am not sure but maybe this is the reason what made Newsted go.

I mean, Metallica is very good, but with more organized basses, it will be better and better.
achene
Metallica was good once. They just aren't anymore. Lars and James can't write any cathcy songs anymore, and kirk hammet's new solos are some of the worst ive ever heard. If he could just take some time writing a catchy one instead of playing something totally without any kinds of melody and then adding way to much wah-wah.
Metallica should retire!
Tatsumaru
Metallica is one of those metal bands of which I can't understand why people like them so much. On the other hand, I can't understand why I can't get into them.

Not my taste I guess, haha. Hetfield seems like a cool guy though.
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tingkagol
james is ok. i hate lars' guts. metallica is like meh for me though.
Ozzy
nevillethenerd wrote:
tell me [and be honest here] what you really think of that last album? poor production, or just plain crap? [and god knows what the next one will be like after rick rubin's finished putting his stamp on their sound. heheh, bet slayer are laughing their arses off, they left rubin behind ten years ago.]


QFT!

nevillethenerd wrote:
his refusal to sing 'seek and destroy' live was the last straw for me i'm sorry to say.


Yeah, when I saw them in 04 Hetfield didn't even remember the lyrics to Seek & Destroy. He stuffed up so many times...
ramgottwallpapers
I Think we can't say Metallica and don't think in James Hetfield, he is one of those Guitarrist that People love'em, I love his style, his guitars, his tattoos, his way to perfom on stage, his voice, his lyrics, James Hetfield it's my Guitar Hero! He is my father! Laughing
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