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James Hetfield

03 Aug 1963


Member of

Metallica (lead vocals, guitar)
1981 - Present



James Hetfield is the rhythm guitarist and vocalist from the band Metallica.

Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963, in Downey, Los Angeles County, California. Hetfield was 9 years old when he took his first piano lessons, before taking on his brother David's drums and finally picking up a guitar in his pre-teens. Inspired by bands such as Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Venom, Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy, Hetfield formed his first band, Obsession, in his early teens.

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