James Hetfield Discusses John Bush (Armored Saint) Turning Down The Chance To Sing For Metallica

During James Hetfield’s “Road Dog Brothers” segment for SiriusXM’s “Mandatory Metallica” channel, the frontman confirmed that Metallica wanted to hire John Bush as their singer in the early days of the band. However, the Armored Saint vocalist ultimately declined the offer.

Hetfield said the following:

“A lot of those early memories were celebrated with a band called Armored Saint, who were a fellow L.A. band back in the early ’80s.

When we were getting started, obviously John Bush was a singer we got to know really well. [We] really, really tried to get him into the band as a singer, it didn’t work out. He was dedicated and very in love with what he was doing with his brothers in Armored Saint. And we absolutely respect that.”

Bush said the following about turning down the offer from Metallica during an interview with National Rock Review:

“What people don’t understand is that even though Metallica was garnering fame and attention, Armored Saint was becoming popular and doing well. For me to leave all the guys I grew up with wasn’t something that sounded appealing to me at the time.

I felt complimented when the band was proposing the ideas to me. But it just wasn’t my destiny to be in Metallica. I would have changed the face of heavy metal, and I don’t need that pressure. James is an incredible vocalist. He really developed through the years, and I can’t imagine anyone else there.”

[via Loudwire]

Metallica Have Written Over Ten New Songs

During a recent appearance on “The Fierce Life” podcast, Metallica frontman James Hetfield offered an update on the band’s new material. According to him, the group have written over 10 new songs.

Hetfield said the following:

“…We started experimenting with writing on Zoom. Lars and I would get together, or Kirk and Lars, and we would get little bits of time here and there writing. It was difficult because of the delay in the sound, so we couldn’t actually play together, but we would play to a click track and watch each other play.

We had our producer, who was running my computer while I was playing. He was running my computer from L.A., and I’m in Vail [Colorado]. And then Lars had an assistant running his computer from L.A.—he’s up here in San Francisco—and we were playing together, and it was pretty bizarre.

We started writing. We got about—I don’t know—over 10 songs going that way. And then we finally got together. There’s only so much you can do on Zoom.”

[via The PRP]

Metallica’s James Hetfield Says He Is “A Little Skeptical” Of The COVID-19 Vaccines

During a recent appearance on “The Fierce Life” podcast, Metallica frontman James Hetfield revealed that he is “a little skeptical” of the COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines have already been proven to be safe and effective, but the musician’s hesitancy seems to be partially influenced by his Christian Science upbringing.

Hetfield said the following when asked about 2021 touring:

“I have no clue. It’s not up to me. It really is up to the safety of everyone — not just the fans, but the crew and us. I’m not sure what that means in the future as far as vaccines. I’m a little skeptical of getting the vaccine, but it seems to be rolling out and people are getting it and I’ve got lots of friends that have done it. I’m not totally sure about it.

But I hope it doesn’t come to a point where you have to have that COVID stamp in your passport or something to go everywhere. But if it comes down to that, then I’ll make a decision then. We got vaccinated to go to Africa, so it’s not like I’ve never been vaccinated before. But as a kid, I never got vaccinations ’cause of our religion [Christian Science]. So that was the only time I got one — when we were going on safari in Africa.”

In other news, Hetfield also confirmed that Metallica “wrote quite a few songs” during their coronavirus downtime.

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica’s James Hetfield: “Music Has Saved My Life Daily”

Metallica’s James Hetfield was among the artists who took part in the virtual benefit event for Little Kids Rock on April 14. The frontman’s pre-recorded video found him discussing the importance music. He said the following:

“Music has saved my life daily. It has been a passion of mine since the early, early times. Music has been an outlet for me, it has been a connection, it has been a best friend for me for my whole life. Having an option for music, music at schools, I’m an advocate for having an opportunity and a place for people to at least explore that. And if they find it helpful, that’s great. And it could turn out to be a wonderful career. I’m here as an example of how music has saved lives.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica’s James Hetfield To Appear At Little Kids Rock Virtual Benefit Event

Metallica’s James Hetfield is among the artists set to appear at a virtual benefit event for Little Kids Rock. The event will take place on April 14 and it will also feature: Yo-Yo Ma, Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana, Warren Haynes, Jade Bird, Jon Secada, T-Boz (TLC), Brian Hardgroove, Kix Brooks (Brooks And Dunn), Todd Rundgren, Alice Merton, Suzi, DJ Skee, Craig Robinson, Jeff Mauro, Jack Black, and more. Free tickets are available HERE.

Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield & Kirk Hammett Perform The U.S. National Anthem For Last Night’s Warriors Vs. Lakers Game

Yesterday (March 15), Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed the U.S. national anthem before the Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers game in San Francisco, CA. You can see footage of that below:

Metallica’s James Hetfield And Lars Ulrich Pay Tribute To Late Megaforce Records Co-Founder Marsha Zazula

Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich have paid tribute to Megaforce Records co-founder Marsha Zazula, who recently passed away at the age of 68. Marsha and her husband Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula co-founded Megaforce in 1982 and they were credited with helping Metallica launch their career.

Hetfield said the following:

“Marsha Z is the Metal Matriarch of the East Coast. She was our mother when I had none. She made great sacrifices for Metallica to grow. Thank you Marsha. Love and positive energy to the Zazula family.

— James Hetfield”

Ulrich also shared his own tribute:

“Thank you Marsha for making it happen…

For supporting us, for encouraging us, for advising us, for sheltering us, for feeding us, and most importantly for cheering us on and along with your husband Jonny, believing in the possibilities of how a gang of misfits and outsiders like ourselves could connect with a larger and likeminded audience…

You were an incredibly selfless matriarch and we’ll be forever grateful for the impact you had on our lives.

Rest In Peace.”

Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield Perform Solo Acoustic Cover Of Bob Seger’s “Turn The Page”

On December 12, Metallica’s James Hetfield performed a solo acoustic cover of Bob Seger’s “Turn The Page” as part of Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh’s virtual “VetsAid” charity concert. You can see footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica, Pearl Jam, Etc. Members To Perform At Joe Walsh’s “VetsAid” Concert

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh has revealed the details for his virtual “VetsAid” concert. The event will take place on December 12 and it will feature James Hetfield (Metallica), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Jon Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Daryl Hall, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and more. Tickets will be available on November 18 and net proceeds will go towards charities for veterans.

Walsh commented:

“For the past three years, we’ve held this glorious traveling circus in cities across the country with a day-long rock and roll festival and jobs fair to support our veterans and their families. Typically, we fill up an arena, play for five hours, and raise a bunch of money — nearly $1.5 million to date — to help our veterans get the care and support they deserve. But because of COVID this year, we’re going virtual as so many things are.

Our veterans community already suffers from increased poverty rates, mental health issues, re-entry difficulties and personal crises in the best of times. During this pandemic, they are especially vulnerable. I’m proud of this nationwide tradition we have built and I can’t think of a better way to remember and honor the men and women who have served our country this holiday season than by helping us raise funds to support their essential and basic needs.

Join us online for a worldwide broadcast of unique musical performances of all kinds, never-before-seen VetsAid footage from years past, and great stories from me and some of the greatest musicians in the world this December 12th!”

Metallica’s James Hetfield: “We’re Gonna Continue To Stay Connected And Write Music”

During a recent interview for So What!, Metallica’s James Hetfield discussed the band’s current plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to him, the group are “gonna continue to stay connected and write music.”

Hetfield said the following:

“We are brothers on this journey in life, and Metallica definitely happens because of us getting together, you know? We’re gonna continue to stay connected and write music. For me there’s been two sides of the coin in the band. There’s been, ‘you’re on the road’ or ‘you’re writing.’ And so [right now] we can’t be on the road, I guess we’re writing. It’s the easy choice of the fork in the road, so that’s what we’re doing. I’m writing, they’re writing.

At some point we’ll get together. I know Greg [Fidelman, producer] has definitely fiddled around – heh heh – with the Zoom connecting. We did this song for the upcoming Disney movie over Zoom, and it was very cool.

So again, like Napster or whatever else it is, the internet, people start freaking out about it. You know, COVID, no live shows. Okay. You adapt and it’s important to be of service with our music, so let’s do what we can out there, and we’re adapting.”

The Disney song Hetfield mentioned is an orchestral version of “Nothing Else Matters“ that was created for the upcoming “Jungle Cruise” movie.

[via The PRP]