James Hetfield

Active - 2003 - Present  |   Born - Aug 3, 1963 in Downey, California, United States  |   Genres - Music [nf], Culture & Society [nf], Sports & Recreation [nf]

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  • Parents were devout Christian Scientists.
  • Played in several hard rock groups as a teenager, including Obsession, Phantom Lord and Leather Charm.
  • Cofounded Metallica with drummer Lars Ulrich in 1981; the band released its debut, landmark thrash album Kill 'Em All, in 1983.
  • Rose to international fame with Metallica's 1991 self-titled album, which sold more than 14 million copies and featured the hits "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters."
  • Was badly burned in a pyrotechnic accident during a 1992 Metallica concert.
  • Provided a rare look into his personal life with the acclaimed documentary Some Kind of Monster (2004), which dealt with intra-band struggles during the making of Metallica's St. Anger (2003).
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Metallica in 2009.
  • Is an avid hot rod and motorcycle enthusiast.