James Hetfield’s 50th Birthday – August 3, 1963
Posted 8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM

James Hetfield’s 50th Birthday – August 3, 1963

 

Conversation Starters

  • Metallica frontman James Hetfield turns 50 today! How do you think he’ll celebrate?
  • Happy Birthday to James Hetfield of Metallica!  Who’s excited to see Metallica’s concert film “Through the Never” next month?
  • Happy 50th Birthday to Metallica’s James Hetfield.  The group has been making music for over 3 decades; do you like their older stuff or their more recent music better?

Fast Facts

  • Born: James Alan Hetfield on August 3, 1963 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Age: 50
  • Taking piano lessons at age nine was Hetfield’s first foray into music
  • Hetfield cites such names as Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin as major influences
  • Hetfield’s garage band Obsession was his first group
  • Some of Hetfield’s other early bands were called Phantom Lord and Leather Charm
  • Hetfield formed Metallica with Danish drummer Lars Ulrich in 1982 in San Francisco; the original lineup also featured bassist Cliff Burton and guitarist Dave Mustaine
  • Originally Hetfield did not want to be the frontman of the Metallica, as he preferred playing backup
  • Hetfield is the main songwriter for Metallica
  • Some of the band’s best-known albums include Kill ’em All (1983), Ride the Lightening (1984), Master of Puppets (1986), …And Justice for All (1988) and Metallica (1991)
  • Metallica won their first Grammy in 1990 in Best Metal Performance for their song “One”
  • Metallica took a temporary recording hiatus in 2001 as Hetfield entered rehab for alcoholism
  • Hetfield was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 at a member of Metallica
  • In 2012, the band created the Orion Music and More festival, which first took place in Atlantic City; in 2013, the festival was held in Detroit
  • Hetfield and Metallica will release their first concert film entitled Metallica: Through the Never on September 27

 

Personal Life

  • Hetfield’s parents were strict Christian Scientists; his father was a truck driver and his mother a light opera singer
  • Hetfield has a younger sister in addition to two older half-brothers from his mother’s first marriage
  • His parents divorced when he was young
  • Hetfield’s mother died when he was 16; the Metallica song “The God That Failed” is about her death
  • Hetfield once suffered serious burns in a pyrotechnic accident onstage

o   He is very accident-prone and broken bones from skateboarding accidents have sidelined the guitarist several times

  • Hetfield has three children with wife Francesca (1997 – Present): Cali, Castor, Marcella
  • He’s an Oakland Raiders fan and also enjoys snowboarding, water and jet skiing, and sketching
  • Hetfield refuses to use fame as a platform for political opinions
  • Hetfield is an avid hunter and member of the NRA
  • In addition to collecting classic guitars, he is also a classic car enthusiast

 

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