Watch Metallica ‘Dallas 2000’ to Commemorate the 57th Birthday of Frontman James Hetfield: Resilient Rock and Roll Lifer

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It’s impossible to think of Metallica‘s music without the primal howl of lead vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield — and today, Aug. 3, Hetfield celebrates his 57th birthday.

Things haven’t always been easy for James, a rock and roll lifer. He’s battled many personal demons over the years, road blocks that cast a shadow on both his future and the future of his band, re-emerging each time stronger than ever.


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To celebrate the occasion, Metallica will continue its #MetallicaMondays series of YouTube uploads with a flashback to a show on Hetfield’s birthday, circa Dallas in 2000. The show will go up on the Metallica YouTube channel tonight, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT:

Just last September, Hetfield re-entered rehab for ‘addiction,’ as it was termed in the band’s official statement that accompanied subsequent news of cancelled shows:

Hetfield’s battles with addiction and alcoholism have long been a topic of conversation around Metallica, as he’s been more and more revealing as time has gone on. The acclaimed 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster (Click here to buy on Blu-ray/DVD) chronicled the band’s inner tension and its work on the album St. Anger, also devoted a chunk of its running time to this topic.

Despite these issues, James Hetfield has endured — and he’s a key reason a Metallica concert today is as explosive and unforgettable as it was decades ago.

Were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his Metallica pals would no doubt be rocking the masses on the road right now, but they shelved all upcoming activities back in late March as the pandemic took hold.

In place of actual in-person concerts, whose eventual return will be a wonderful thing indeed, Metallica recently announced Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2, a live album/concert film documenting some Fall 2019 gigs from Chase Center in San Francisco, the second symphonic concert from the band over the years.

It’s out on Aug. 28 — Click here to pre-order S&M2 on 2-CD and click here to pre-order on 2-CD/Blu-ray and other editions from our Rock Cellar Store. 

Happy birthday, James Hetfield! We’ll see you back on the road as soon as it’s possible.


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