Video: Metallica’s James Hetfield Says He Feels Ashamed

Metal legend says we wouldn’t like him if we knew the things he’s done

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And unbelievably, that shame he feels has nothing to do with Metallica’s last three albums.

Although it should.

No, folks — James Hetfield is ashamed about the man he used to be. In a video available at the end of this post, James doesn’t think any of us would like that man.

“You wouldn’t really like me if you knew my story, if you knew what horrible things I’ve done,” he says in the clip, produced by Hooplaha and Road Recovery, an organization that helps young people tackle addiction.

I want to know what he has done. Maybe it involves murdering a vagrant.

“I’m coming to grips with that, ’cause I have groups of people that I’m able to share all my horrible stuff with — shameful, extremely shameful, dark stuff. Some of it is things I’ve taken from my parents and carried it a little further. Other ones, I’ve been able to drop some of that. Other ones I’ve picked up on my own and then created… Shame’s a big thing for me.”

The leader of Metallica continues:

“Playing music has saved my life. Every day saves my life. When I’m able to write… write a riff, write some lyrics, stuff like that… it’s the way I connect with the world. And so I think kids that do have the gift of art, writing painting, drawing, designing, metalwork, woodwork… any craft-type stuff… caring for that… caring for that.”

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