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James Hetfield reveals what he is doing during quarantine

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James Hetfield reveals what he is doing during quarantine

Metallica guitarist and singer James Hetfield revealed what he is doing during quarantine at home in an interview with Sirius XM. He has stayed out of the public eye since the end of 2019 when the band’s tour had to be canceled so he could enter a rehab program.


James Hetfield reveals what he is doing during quarantine:

“For me – and I don’t wanna sound ungrateful ’cause I know there’s a lot of people out there that are struggling because of this COVID. Where I live, it’s all service industry, and, obviously, the music industry, it’s tough, it’s taken a big hit.”

“For us, we’re road dogs. We’ve been out on the road forever, so you’re either on the road or you’re writing. So the obvious thing is, ‘Well, we’re not on the road. Start writing. So – tons of material.”

“And I’m sure there’s lots of musicians out there that are just like, ‘OK, what can I do? I’m gonna write and just get into that,’ which I love doing. I’d say the other huge thing that’s come out of this is getting to stay home in my hometown here [in Colorado], so building community with friends, doing outdoor stuff.”

“We’re pretty fortunate here up in the mountains that COVID hasn’t really locked us down as much as some other places. I feel for the people that live in the big cities. But out here, you can still get out, bike-ride, raft, fishing, shooting, hunting, whatever it is…”

He continued, saying:

“I’ve got lots of friends here that I couldn’t have before, so – hosting barbecues and having people over and building a community with friends that I wasn’t really able to do before ’cause, ‘Oh, I can’t do that ’cause we’ve gotta go next week. We’ve gotta rehearse. We’ve gotta do that…'”

“So – actually taking time to build true friendships; not that I don’t have them, but locally, it’s been a huge thing for me. And getting in the garage; I love getting in the garage and just tinkering, doing some more welding. I welded a couple of things for the All Within My Hands Foundation.”

“I’ve made some bird feeders and I’m right now staring out the window at about 50 different birds that come up here and eat. That’s kind of my new TV right here. So, just enjoying nature a lot more and enjoying my life the way it is now.”

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