James Hetfield

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician and songwriter best known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering an advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles. In 2009, Hetfield was ranked at no. 8 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists and no. 24 by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. In Guitar World's poll, Hetfield was placed as the 19th greatest guitarist of all time, as well as being placed second (along with Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett) in The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists poll of the same magazine. Rolling Stone placed Hetfield as the 87th greatest guitarist of all time. This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by contributors. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license; additional terms may apply.

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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

After bassist Jason Newsted quits the band in 2001, heavy metal superstars Metallica realize that they need an intervention. In this revealing documentary, filmmakers follow the three rock stars as they hire a group therapist and grapple with 20 years of repressed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Berlinger  •  Bruce Sinofsky
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Bob Rock

After bassist Jason Newsted quits the band in 2001, heavy metal superstars Metallica realize that they need an intervention. In this revealing documentary, filmmakers follow the three rock stars as they hire a group therapist and grapple with 20 years of repressed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Berlinger  •  Bruce Sinofsky
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Bob Rock

A Year and a Half in the Life Of Metallica (1992)

A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica is a two-part documentary about the process of making the Metallica album (or "The Black Album"), and the following tour. It was produced by Juliana Roberts and directed by Adam Dubin. The second part runs approximately ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Dubin
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Jason Newsted

A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica is a two-part documentary about the process of making the Metallica album (or "The Black Album"), and the following tour. It was produced by Juliana Roberts and directed by Adam Dubin. The second part runs approximately ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Dubin
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Jason Newsted

Metallica: Cliff 'Em All (1987)

Originally released as "The $19.98 Home Vid: Cliff 'Em All," Metallica's first video is a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton. James Hetfield describes it as "a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff shot for TV that was never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Pellerin  •  Doug Freel
CAST:  Cliff Burton  •  Kirk Hammett  •  James Hetfield  •  Dave Mustaine

Originally released as "The $19.98 Home Vid: Cliff 'Em All," Metallica's first video is a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton. James Hetfield describes it as "a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff shot for TV that was never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Pellerin  •  Doug Freel
CAST:  Cliff Burton  •  Kirk Hammett  •  James Hetfield  •  Dave Mustaine

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (1992)

A live concert in tribute to Freddie Mercury, former lead singer of Queen. Mercury died of AIDS and so some of the proceeds of this concert went to AIDS research. Features performers such as Metallica, Def Leppard, Elton John, Axl Rose, Extreme, George Michael, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mallet
CAST:  John Deacon  •  Brian May  •  Roger Taylor  •  Rick Allen

A live concert in tribute to Freddie Mercury, former lead singer of Queen. Mercury died of AIDS and so some of the proceeds of this concert went to AIDS research. Features performers such as Metallica, Def Leppard, Elton John, Axl Rose, Extreme, George Michael, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mallet
CAST:  John Deacon  •  Brian May  •  Roger Taylor  •  Rick Allen

Metallica: Cunning Stunts (1998)

Cunning Stunts is a concert video by heavy metal band Metallica released in 1998. It was released in DVD and VHS formats. The title is also a spoonerism of the term Stunning Cunts. The DVD features concert footage, band interviews, a documentary, behind the scenes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Isham
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Jason Newsted

Cunning Stunts is a concert video by heavy metal band Metallica released in 1998. It was released in DVD and VHS formats. The title is also a spoonerism of the term Stunning Cunts. The DVD features concert footage, band interviews, a documentary, behind the scenes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Isham
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Jason Newsted

Metallica: S&M (1999)

A live Metallica concert backed by a 80 piece symphony orchestra, conducted by Michael Kamen. Two songs are debuted, "- Human" and "No Leaf Clover." A documentary is included. It also was released on audio CD.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Isham
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Jason Newsted  •  Lars Ulrich

A live Metallica concert backed by a 80 piece symphony orchestra, conducted by Michael Kamen. Two songs are debuted, "- Human" and "No Leaf Clover." A documentary is included. It also was released on audio CD.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Isham
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Jason Newsted  •  Lars Ulrich

Metallica: MTV Icon (2003)

MTV's third annual ICON tribute show celebrates heavy metal gods Metallica.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe DeMaio
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

MTV's third annual ICON tribute show celebrates heavy metal gods Metallica.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe DeMaio
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica: Through the Never (2013)

Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nimród Antal
CAST:  Dane DeHaan  •  Mackenzie Gray  •  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich

Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nimród Antal
CAST:  Dane DeHaan  •  Mackenzie Gray  •  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich

Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012)

An intimate portrait of Anton Corbijn as he travels the world as a photographer, film maker and video artist…  (more)

DIRECTION:  Klaartje Quirijns
CAST:  Anton Corbijn  •  Bono  •  Herbert Grönemeyer  •  James Hetfield

An intimate portrait of Anton Corbijn as he travels the world as a photographer, film maker and video artist…  (more)

DIRECTION:  Klaartje Quirijns
CAST:  Anton Corbijn  •  Bono  •  Herbert Grönemeyer  •  James Hetfield

The Work of Director Anton Corbijn (2005)

Legendary photographer and director Anton Corbijn is responsible for many of the most indelible and important images of the past two and a half decades. His recently released book U2 & I is a photographic retrospective of his 25 year collaboration with U2. Later ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anton Corbijn
CAST:  Bono  •  David Sylvian  •  Anton Corbijn  •  Nick Cave

Legendary photographer and director Anton Corbijn is responsible for many of the most indelible and important images of the past two and a half decades. His recently released book U2 & I is a photographic retrospective of his 25 year collaboration with U2. Later ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anton Corbijn
CAST:  Bono  •  David Sylvian  •  Anton Corbijn  •  Nick Cave

Lemmy (2010)

Over four decades, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has registered an immeasurable impact on music history. Nearly 65, he remains the living embodiment of the rock and roll lifestyle, and this feature-length documentary tells his story, one of a hard-living rock ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Olliver  •  Wes Orshoski
CAST:  Dave Brock  •  Phil Campbell  •  "Fast" Eddie Clarke  •  Jarvis Cocker

Over four decades, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has registered an immeasurable impact on music history. Nearly 65, he remains the living embodiment of the rock and roll lifestyle, and this feature-length documentary tells his story, one of a hard-living rock ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Olliver  •  Wes Orshoski
CAST:  Dave Brock  •  Phil Campbell  •  "Fast" Eddie Clarke  •  Jarvis Cocker

Metallica: Français pour une nuit (2009)

Metallica Live in Nîmes, France - over 2 hours of the greatest hits live in a breathtaking Roman Coliseum. After the global destruction that was the Death Magnetic tour, in July 2009 the four horsemen of the apocalypse rode into the Roman Coliseum in Nîmes, France ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stéphane Saunier
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica Live in Nîmes, France - over 2 hours of the greatest hits live in a breathtaking Roman Coliseum. After the global destruction that was the Death Magnetic tour, in July 2009 the four horsemen of the apocalypse rode into the Roman Coliseum in Nîmes, France ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stéphane Saunier
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Mission to Lars (2015)

Kate and Will Spicer's brother, Tom, has Fragile X Syndrome, the most common form of inherited learning disability. He is also a massive fan of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. They made a promise to Tom that they would get him to meet Lars. Tom's dream is their promise ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Spicer  •  James Moore
CAST:  Lars Ulrich  •  Jasmin St. Claire  •  William Spicer  •  Tom Spicer

Kate and Will Spicer's brother, Tom, has Fragile X Syndrome, the most common form of inherited learning disability. He is also a massive fan of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. They made a promise to Tom that they would get him to meet Lars. Tom's dream is their promise ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Spicer  •  James Moore
CAST:  Lars Ulrich  •  Jasmin St. Claire  •  William Spicer  •  Tom Spicer

Metallica: [2016] Rasputin Music, Berkeley (2016)

Metallica at Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA, USA Helpless Hit the Lights The Four Horsemen Ride the Lightning Fade to Black Jump in the Fire For Whom the Bell Tolls Creeping Death Metal Militia  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica at Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA, USA Helpless Hit the Lights The Four Horsemen Ride the Lightning Fade to Black Jump in the Fire For Whom the Bell Tolls Creeping Death Metal Militia  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica: Rock in Rio 2015 (2015)

Metallica at Cidade do Rock, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 19, 2015. Setlist: Fuel / For Whom the Bell Tolls / Battery / King Nothing / Ride the Lightning (followed by Kirk's guitar doodle) / The Unforgiven / Cyanide / Wherever I May Roam / Sad But True ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica at Cidade do Rock, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 19, 2015. Setlist: Fuel / For Whom the Bell Tolls / Battery / King Nothing / Ride the Lightning (followed by Kirk's guitar doodle) / The Unforgiven / Cyanide / Wherever I May Roam / Sad But True ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica: [2015] X Games (2015)

Metallica at Super Stage, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TX, USA Fuel For Whom the Bell Tolls Metal Militia Sad But True Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Cyanide One Master of Puppets Battery Fade to Black Enter Sandman Creeping Death Whiplash Seek & ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica at Super Stage, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TX, USA Fuel For Whom the Bell Tolls Metal Militia Sad But True Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Cyanide One Master of Puppets Battery Fade to Black Enter Sandman Creeping Death Whiplash Seek & ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica: Rock in Rio USA 2015 (2015)

Live at City of Rock MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, Las Vegas, NV, USA on May 9th 2015. Setlist: Fuel / Master of Puppets / King Nothing / Disposable Heroes / Welcome Home (Sanitarium) / Lords of Summer / The Unforgiven / Cyanide / Sad But True / Turn the Page / One ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Live at City of Rock MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, Las Vegas, NV, USA on May 9th 2015. Setlist: Fuel / Master of Puppets / King Nothing / Disposable Heroes / Welcome Home (Sanitarium) / Lords of Summer / The Unforgiven / Cyanide / Sad But True / Turn the Page / One ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

'Tallica Parking Lot (2014)

What happens at a tailgate party before a Metallica concert? Part music video, part acid trip, this adventure is a jam-packed frenzy with surprise cameos and an original score by Metallica.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juno John Lee
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

What happens at a tailgate party before a Metallica concert? Part music video, part acid trip, this adventure is a jam-packed frenzy with surprise cameos and an original score by Metallica.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juno John Lee
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica: Glastonbury Festival (2014)

Metallica performs on the Pyramid stage at the 2014 Glastonbury music festival. Setlist: The Ecstasy Of Glastonbury, Creeping Death, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Wherever I May Roam, Sad but True, Fade to Black, Cyanide, The Unforgiven, The Memory Remains, ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica performs on the Pyramid stage at the 2014 Glastonbury music festival. Setlist: The Ecstasy Of Glastonbury, Creeping Death, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Wherever I May Roam, Sad but True, Fade to Black, Cyanide, The Unforgiven, The Memory Remains, ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

Metallica: Rock AM Ring 2014 (2014)

The Ecstasy of Gold / Battery / Master of Puppets / Welcome Home (Sanitarium) / Ride the Lightning / The Unforgiven / Creeping Death / Lords of Summer / Sad but True / Fade to Black / Fuel / One / For Whom the Bell Tolls / Whiskey in the Jar / Nothing Else Matters ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo

The Ecstasy of Gold / Battery / Master of Puppets / Welcome Home (Sanitarium) / Ride the Lightning / The Unforgiven / Creeping Death / Lords of Summer / Sad but True / Fade to Black / Fuel / One / For Whom the Bell Tolls / Whiskey in the Jar / Nothing Else Matters ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  James Hetfield  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Kirk Hammett  •  Robert Trujillo
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