James Hetfield

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James Hetfield in 2008

James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter for heavy metal band Metallica.


  • Are you saying it's too loud? It's got to be loud. You're supposed to feel it all over.
    • Playboy, April 2001
  • I like playing music because it's a good living and I get satisfaction from it. But I can't feed my family with satisfaction.
    • Playboy, April 2001
  • Lars would talk his way into their pants. Kirk had a babyface that was appealing to the girls. And Cliff; he had a big dick. Word got around about that, I guess.
    • Playboy April 2001.
  • Dying, dying, someone told me just recently, dying is easy. Living is hard. for everyone.
    • MusiCares, May 14, 2006
  • If I hadn't have had music in my life, it's quite possible I could be in here. Or nor even in here, be dead — and I'd much rather be alive.
  • Everybody is born good and everybody has got the same size soul. We're here to connect with that.
  • All the drinking and all the other junk that I was stuck in... It was so predictable. So boring. I wake up the next day - somewhere, in some bed, I don't know who this person is next to me... and I'm drunk, competely hung over and have a show to do. The result is the same... When life now is pretty... exciting. You don't know what's gonna happen.
    • Some Kind of Monster, 2003 - Talking about his addictions and big changes.

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