James Alan Hetfield is an American musician and musician, best known as the co-founder, lead singer, rhythm guitarist and lead musician of the heavy metal band Metallica. He is primarily known for his ability to play complex rhythms, but occasionally perform lead and solo guitar tasks, live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after responding to an advertisement from 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 tracks and 24 singles. In 2009, Hetfield was ranked by Joel McIver at No. 8 in the Book of 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists and Hit Parader 24th on the list of 100 Greatest Metal Musicians of All Time. In the Guitar World poll, Hetfield was ranked among the 19th Greatest Guitarists of All Time, as well as second among the magazine's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.
|Birth name||James Alan Hetfield|
|Born||August 03, 1963, Downey, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, speed metal|
|Labels||Warner Bros, Elektra, Megaforce, Blackened|
|Associated acts||Metallica, Spastik Children, Leather Charm|
|IMDb||James Hetfield's IMDb|
Co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Metallica who was named the eighth greatest metal guitarist by Joel Mclver in 2009. He is joined in Metallica by bassist Robert Trujillo, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Lee Hammett.
His favorite band growing up was Aerosmith, from whom he drew inspiration to learn the guitar. He learned how to play guitar, bass, and piano.
He observed his mother die of cancer without medicine when he was sixteen because of her strong belief in Christian Science, an event that inspired the Metallica song "The God That Failed."
He married his wife Francesca on August 17, 1997, with whom he had three children: Cali, Castor, and Marcella.
He first met Lars Ulrich after answering a 1981 classified ad placed by Ulrich in The Recycler.
- Musicians from Downey, California
- Former Christian scientist
- Thrash metal musician
- Critique of Christian Science
- Members of Metallica
- American beekeepers
- American fishermen
- American hunter
- American skateboarder
- American baritone
- Rhythm guitarists
- American heavy metal singer
- American heavy metal guitarist
Latest information about James Hetfield updated on June 23 2021.