James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963 in Downey, California United States. He is an American musician and songwriter. He is a co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the heavy metal band metallica. The band was formed in 1981.
James Hetfield Bio; Age, Early Life, Parents, Siblings
He is the son Cynthia Basset a light opera singer and Virgil Lee Hetfield a truck driver. He is of English, German, Irish and Scottish decent. He has 2 older half- brothers and a younger sister. His parents divorced in 1976 when he was 13.
His mother died of cancer in 1979 because of their belief in not going for hospital treatment and his father died in 1996.
James Hetfield Education Details
He attended Downey High School for his freshmen and sophomore years and graduated from Brea Olinda High School in 1981.
He began taking piano lessons when he was 9 years and began playing the guitar when he was 14 years. He won 9 Grammy Awards.
James Hetfield Career Details
In the early days the band experimented on different vocals and guitar combinations by recruiting different bass guitarists, lead guitarists and drums.
In 1982 to 1983 a band mate who was the lead guitar began showing aggressive behaviors and had a drinking habit which led to huge tension in the band. Finally James kicked him out of the band because of the disagreements and replaced him.
James had suffered second and third degree burns after an accident occurred when he was performing. His hand and arm, eyebrows , face and hair were burnt after a pyrotechnic charge struck his left side.
His company also put up a clause in his concert forbidding him from riding skateboards after he suffered a broken arm.
James Hetfield Dating History And Marriage Details
James married Francesca Tomasi on August 17, 1991 and they have 3 children. He said that his wife was his great source of strength as he helped him with anger management issues. He says that his destruction tendencies embarrassed both of them.
James Hetfield Drug Addiction
He was sent to rehab because of his alcohol addiction in 2001 and was cured off his addiction. He returned a changed man but went back in 2019 and was released in January 30, 2020.