James Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963 in Downey, CA. åÊHis mother was a light opera singer and his father was a truck driver. åÊThey were both strict Christian Scientist adamantly refusing any modern medical care or intervention. åÊThe belief caught up with Hetfield’s mother who died of cancer when the frontman was 16 years old. åÊMetallica’s song “The God That Failed” is based on his mother’s death. åÊHetfield is an avid hunter and accomplished skateboarder. åÊHis management company, Q Prime, has actually contractually forbidden Hetfield to skateboard while Metallica is touring because Hetfield has broken his arm 4 times doing so.
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Hetfield is no stranger to alcoholism common to Rock & Roll stars, but now is a proud straight-edge family man with a successful marriage and three kids. åÊHe successfully completed rehab in 2001 and has been clean and sober ever since.
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Hetfield is the main song writer for Metallica. åÊUp until the mid-1990’s Hetfield recorded all the rhythm tracks and most of the harmony tracks. åÊThe frontman was not the original choice for lead singer but landed the role a bit by default when no one else that had stepped up to the plate worked out. åÊThe singer joined the band after responding to a classified ad that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich had placed – eerily reminiscent of how the band U2 got its start.Hetfield’s net worth is an astonishing $175 million dollars, which is a serious tribute to how successful Metallica has been through the years. åÊAll-in-all the band has won 9 Grammy awards produced 9 studio albums, 3 live albums and 24 singes in total. åÊIn 2009 all the members past and present were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Hetfield current house is in San Rafael California — a 6 bed, 6.5 bath, 7,488 square feet palace that was purchased for $4.45 million. åÊHetfield also owns much of the surrounding wilderness donating much of it to the county for hiking trails. åÊHe has previously lived in Novato in a 3 car garage 5 acre home picked up for $3.4 million that featured 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, åÊ3 half bathrooms, a coy pond, sunken living room, outdoor kitchen, and saltwater pool.Hetfield’s main love however is classic custom cars. åÊBeing a west-coast guy the type of classic car Hetfield is most into are customs. åÊHe is famously known to own a 1936 Auburn Boat Tail Speedster 852. åÊHetfeild’s custom cars have entered prestigious Good Guys contests and come out on top not once but twice – an honor that many never achieve in a lifetime. åÊFirst his Voodoo Priest won most beautiful custom in 2012 and recently his custom Black Pearl won Custom of the Year at the Good Guys show in Pleasanton, CA. åÊAll told it is not known exactly how many cars the Metallica frontman owns, but it is said to be quite a few. åÊHe favors 30’s and 40’s style stretched roadsters and sedans including a 37 Zephyr complete with modern AC and suicide doors that he uses at times as a driver.