James Hetfield Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


30th October 2013

Quote: "(I get) the smell of burning rat when I first turn my barbecue on after the winter. There's a rat nest in it." Metallica rocker James Hetfield's home has a vermin problem.


27th November 2012

Fact: Metallica rockers James Hetfield and Rob Trujillo are set to get animated for a new video game. The stars will be turned into computer characters for the latest installment of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, as part of a special download pack for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles, which will be released on 4 December (12). The band's song All Nightmare Long will also feature on the game's soundtrack.


26th September 2010

Quote: "I've got nothing against GUNS N' ROSES. I mean, Axl's doing what he wants to do at this point. I don't know if there's much guns or roses in any of that, but it's Axl, and he is Axl and he has not changed or waned one bit, and I kind of respect that." Metallica star James Hetfield's feelings towards one-time adversary Axl Rose have mellowed.


27th May 2010

Quote: "I don't need drink or drugs. That's straight-edge life. Obviously I'm not straight edge - a true, hardcore straight-edge has never had any of it in his or her whole life. But I'm a reborn straight-edge." Metallica star James Hetfield is committed to staying clean and sober.


13th May 2010

Fact: A portion of the sales from every copy of Metallica star James Hetfield's upcoming unauthorised biography, The Wolf At Metallica's Door, will be donated to charity Cancer Research - to honour the rocker's parents, who both succumbed to the disease.


1st February 2010

Quote: "My goal is to play on every continent so I'm trying to set up a gig in Antarctica... We've already played a show in the North Sea, above the Arctic Circle." Metallica star James Hetfield dreams of a gig at the South Pole.


7th September 2009

Fact: Metallica stars James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich have turned reporters for the day to interview Alice In Chains for a special U.S. radio broadcast. The rockers questioned the band for the upcoming Inside Alice In Chains: Black Gives Way to Blue programme, which will air on radio stations across the U.S. on 25 September (09).


4th August 2009

Quote: "We're just four dudes having fun onstage and sometimes I feel kind of guilty about that." Rocker James Hetfield is conscious of his charmed life in Metallica.


29th July 2009

Quote: "One thing I can definitely say is that after the Knebworth show we're planning on breaking up, just because of the tradition that seems to go with playing Knebworth, but I'm sure we'll get back together again the next day!" Metallica's James Hetfield jokes about quitting the group after their first ever show at Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, south-east England on Sunday (02Aug09).


5th November 2008

Quote: "Lars Ulrich has enough to open up four Metallica museums. One with his stuff, one with my stuff, one with KIRK's (HAMMETT) stuff..." James Hetfield reveals his bandmate hordes band memorabilia.


25th September 2008

Quote: "He's a lot more tormented than I realised. The fact that he carried that around in him... I wouldn't wish that on anybody." Lars Ulrich on Metallica bandmate James Hetfield's dark lyrics.


24th September 2008

Quote: "He's a lot more tormented than I realised. The fact that he carried that around in him... I wouldn't wish that on anybody." Lars Ulrich on Metallica bandmate James Hetfield's dark lyrics.


25th March 2007

Fact: Metallica star James Hetfield's customised 1953 Buick Skylark earned the rocker a $7,000 (GBP3,600) prize and a trophy at the recent San Francisco Rod, Custom + Motorcycle Show in California.


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