James Hetfield

James Hetfield



James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, and lyricist for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but has also performed occasional lead guitar duties both in the studio and live.

Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released nine studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

In 2009, Hetfield was ranked number 8 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists,[1] and ranked 24th by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. In Guitar World's poll, Hetfield was placed as the 19th greatest guitarist of all time, as well as being placed 2nd (along with Kirk Hammett) in The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists poll of the same magazine, only behind Tony Iommi. Rolling Stone placed Hetfield as the 87th greatest guitarist of all time.



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Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield Announce Third Annual Acoustic-4-a-Cure Benefit
Beatrice 1450 KWBE  –  March 29, 2016
Sammy Hagar and Metallica frontman James Hetfield have announced the lineup for the third ... Melissa Etheridge, John Mayer and Train singer Pat Monahan. Each year, Acoustic-4-a-Cure features artists teaming up for one-off unplugged duets and cover ...
Metallica Singer James Hetfield Isn't 'Going Country'
topix.com  –  March 7, 2016
On 8 March 2016, the entertainment web site HeavierMetal.net published a fake news article claiming that musician James Hetfield was leaving the band Metallica in order to release a solo country album: Heavy metal legend James Hetfield has announced he is ...
Metallica's James Hetfield: What I Learned From Cliff Burton
Ultimate Guitar  –  March 29, 2016
Metallica frontman James Hetfield opened up on how Cliff Burton's death affected ... James added: "I miss him more as a person than as a musician, and that's different for me. You know, back in the day, he and I were pretty alike as far as things that ...
Blabber Mouth  –  March 29, 2016
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield sat down for an interview published on the ... He continued: "I miss him more as a person than as a musician, and that's different for me. You know, back in the day, he and I were pretty alike as far as things that we ...
James Hetfield Quits Metallica to Join the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Loud Wire  –  April 1, 2016
With Karen O’s commitment to motherhood, guitarist / keyboardist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase contacted James Hetfield for a lucrative offer to become the group’s new leader. According to a very reliable source, Hetfield had just one word for th ...
Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, John Mayer & More To Play ‘Acoustic-4-A-Cure’ Charity Concert
Jam Base  –  March 30, 2016
Sammy Hagar and Metallica’s James Hetfield will be joined by an all-star lineup of musicians at their third annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert held at The Fillmore in San Francisco on Sunday, May 15. The acoustic concert event will benefit the Pediatric ...
James Hetfield + Sammy Hagar Welcome Tommy Lee, Joe Satriani + More for 3rd Annual Acoustic-4-a-Cure Benefit
Loud Wire  –  March 29, 2016
We’ve seen a bit of that over the last few years with the annual Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit, usually led by Metallica frontman James Hetfield and the legendary “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar. Both musicians have returned for the third year of the benefit ...

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