metallica by dandanhuanghuang


									James Hefield

  James and Tomas
James Hetfield
   When it comes to defining Metallica, most people use James
    Hetfield as their guide. There's never any bull with James and
    there's never any shirking of duties.
   Example? When he threw his back out on the Summer
    Sanitarium 2000 tour, James ploughed his way through three
    weeks of intense physical therapy in four days, according to
    his physical therapist.
   It is precisely this sort of fierce, unbending dedication,
    devotion and spirit which has made James such an
    inspirational focal point through the years for millions of fans
James Hetfield
   Ironically, the voice of Metallica (indeed, a defining voice of
    his rock 'n‘ roll generation) very nearly wasn't a voice at all,
    simply because in the early days, James Hetfield didn't fancy
    being a lead vocalist.
   Metallica tried a few different vocal/guitar configurations.
    Some of the options considered included adding another
    guitar player, having then-lead guitar player Dave Mustaine
    play the sole guitar and asking John Bush from Armored
    Saint to sing for the band.
   Of course common sense prevailed, James decided to fight
    harder to establish himself as a front man and the results are,
    ahem, history.
James Hetfield
   To trace the roots of Hetfield's unflinching dedication and
    determination, you have to go back to a childhood that was
    often tough but laid a foundation, which underscores James
   Born to a truck driver and light opera singer on August 3rd,
    1963, in Los Angeles, his family's Christian Science religious
    beliefs played a large part in the young Hetfield's life, and
    subsequently form a central point for many of Metallica's
    lyrics. He was 9 years old when he first took piano lessons
    before taking on brother David's drums and finally picking up
    a guitar in his pre-teens.
James Hetfielde

   With the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin
    and Thin Lizzy providing inspiration, James
    quickly set about the task of becoming a rock
    star in his first band, Obsession.
   Made up of the Veloz brothers on bass and
    drums, with Jim Arnold on guitar, plenty of time
    was spent in the Veloz's garage jamming with
    Ron McGoveny and Dave Marrs acting as
    roadies. Source:
James Hetfield
   After moving to Brea, California, James attended Brea
    Olinda High School and met up with drummer Jim
    Mulligan. The two jammed at lunch time scaring fellow
    guitarists with their loud and heavy sounds before a guy
    called Hugh Tanner was seen carrying around part of a
    flying V guitar at school.
   Phantom Lord was born with Hugh on guitar, Mulligan
    on drums and James singing plus playing guitar. The
    group went through a few bass players until graduation
    when James moved back to Downey.
James Hetfield
   Leather Charm, was born. The only difference between
    Charm and Lord, was James singing without guitar and
    Ron playing bass guitar, Hugh Tanner and Jim Mulligan
    retaining their former 'Lord positions.
   Leather Charm was a largely hard rock combo, playing
    some originals and covers such as Iron Maiden's
    'Remember Tomorrow' amongst others. The band
    managed to perform at a few parties and recorded a
    demo, but then began to fall apart.
James Hetfield
   First Tanner left the band (replaced by Troy James), then
    Mulligan left for a more progressive, Rush-like band. And with
    no drummer, the band was forced to call it quits. Although it
    was Mulligan's departure that led to James searching for a
    new drummer, we can safely say that Hugh Tanner was
    responsible for the catalytic moment which would change the
    course of James Hetfield's life and out him on the path to
    achieving his childhood ambition.
   How? Simple...Tanner introduced James to Lars Ulrich. The
    rest, as you'll read elsewhere, is a long, illustrious
    (occasionally curious) and still-evolving history...
James Hetfield
   James is the main songwriter in Metallica, co-creating the
    framework and structure for most Metallimaterial. When he's not
    writing, singing or playing, James enjoys a variety of outdoor
    activities including hunting, snowboarding, water and jet-skiing,
    sketching, annoying neighbors with guns and loud pipes on his
    chopper "The Saga", watching his favorite Oakland Raiders and
    going to hot-rod shows.
   He also collects older guitars (particularly those from 1963) and
    enjoys working on old cars. Amongst his favorites are a '55 Chevy
    BelAir (which he helped built and restore himself), and 'The Beast',
    a fearsome all-terrain 4-wheel drive Blazer that is designed to
    survive everything from earthquakes to nuclear holocausts. Aside
    from these pursuits, James is often happiest spending time with his
    wife Francesca and three children, Cali, Castor, and Marcella.

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