Heavy rockers Metallica hired a therapist to help keep them together after
a series of problems led band leaders Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield to
consider splitting up.
The group brought in sports team shrink PHIL TOLL to help them work
through their woes after bass player Jason Newsted quit and Hetfield checked
into rehab to take control of his heavy drinking.
Hetfield says, "He's an enhancement coach. It's tough being an individual
in a group - you kind of lose your identity. Phil helped clear some stuff
Drummer Ulrich adds, "When James came back from rehab, after being away
for almost eight months, we didn't really do anything for three months other
than talk. We went over a lot of stuff from the past that was unresolved -
"It was like we all went back to day one, not only of the band but each
Toll's sessions worked - the group's new album ST ANGER is said to be
their best to date. It's released later this summer (03).