Is there anyone who did not hear for Metallica’s lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter? This talented musician is one of the most amazing guitar players in the whole world, and he becomes worldwide famous with the heavy metal band, Metallica. James Hetfield is one of the founders of this popular band.
James Alan Hetfield was born and raised on August 3, 1963, in Downey, California. His mother, Cynthia was an opera singer and James must have inherited from her a talent for the music. His father was a truck driver, and James was only 13 years old when his parents divorced. Three years later, in 1979, Cynthia has died from cancer when he was 16 years old. Early loss of a mother, painful childhood memories will later contribute to some of the most famous Metallica’s lyrics.
He first became interested in music when he took piano lessons in childhood. He soon realized that he liked rock music the most and was part of several bands in California including Leather Charm and Obsession.
The Metallica band was created by Lars placing an ad in an LA newspaper asking all metal fans to come forward and make a band. One of the guys who responded to the ad was James Hetfield, and the rest is history. The two of them made the band Metallica on October 28, 1981, and two years later in 1983, they released their first album.
The band subsequently won 9 Grammys and sold over 125 million albums worldwide, producing and releasing 10 studio albums, 4 live albums, and 39 singles. James Hetfield was even listed in the Top 100 greatest vocalist of all-time.
In 1991 the Metallica has released the most successful album which is also known by the name Black Album, and it has sold in 16 million copies in the United States and 24 million copies in the other parts of the world. After that, they have released some more successful albums.
- Before Black Album- 1988- Justice for All- 5.3 million copies sold
- 1996- Load- 5.1 million copies sold
The most popular and successful singles that James Hetfield has sung for Metallica were One, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Nothing Else Matters, Until It Sleeps, Turn the Page, I Disappear, etc.
Metallica is one of the highest-earning bands ever in the history of music. When they are on tour they make from $50 to $100 million just from revenue, selling the tickets and merchandise.
He has been married to Francesca Tomasi for more than 20 years, and they have three children together. James loves fishing and hunting, and his passion is custom made cars and motorcycles. Two times in life he was a part of the rehab program because he has alcohol problems in 2001 and again in 2019.
He spent most of his life in the Marin Country, California, and three years ago, in 2016, he moved with his family to Vail, Colorado. In Marin Country he owns thousands of acres of open land, he bought 1,150 acres of a rural property near the George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in 1999. He has created there a Rocking H Ranch.
James Hetfield is known for donating much of his country to various institutions, such as an agricultural conservation, and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. He also has a large property in Maui, Hawaii, where he loves to spend holidays with his family.
James Hetfield Net Worth
This talented musician is on the stage over 30 years, and for that time he accumulated a net worth of more than $340 million. His income came from the music industry, from the sale of Metallica’s albums and singles. Metallica published 10 studio albums and 39 singles in their long career.