James Hetfield

James Hetfield

American musician
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James Hetfield

James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is an American musician and songwriter best known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter and lyricist for the American thrash metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering an advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

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Full name at birth
James Alan Hetfield
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Claim to fame
Metallica co-founder/singer/rhythm guitarist
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Date of birth
3 August 1963
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Place of birth
Downey, California
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Age
58
Occupation
Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer
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Height
6' 1" (185 cm)
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Weight
180 lbs (81.6 kg)
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Distinctive feature
Skin on right arm (the skin still has an ither color because of his scars due to the pyroincident in 1992)
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Net worth
$300,000,000 USD
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High school
  • Downey High School, Downey, California
  • Brea Olinda High School, Brea, California
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How does it feel to be alive?
  • In 1991, Hetfield blew his voice doing a cover of the song "So What" during the recording of the album Metallica, and had to be completely retrained.
  • Frontman James Hetfield was originally in a short-lived band named Leather Charm, alongside bassist Ron McGovney (who spent only a year in Metallica). When Hetfield decided that his band Leather Charm should move to be more serious, the band broke up. Shortly after, Metallica was born.
  • He describes himself as rugged, honest, stubborn.
  • He likes hunting, hot-rods, anonymity, snow boarding, street hockey, wake boarding, cigars, choppers, guns, wood work.
  • James Hetfield was a janitor before making it big with Metallica.

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