James Hetfield, the main songwriter, co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and lyricist for the American heavy metal band Metallica, was nine years old when he first began piano lessons, then he took on his brother David’s drums and finally, at the age of fourteen, he began to play guitar for which we are all very grateful today!
Aerosmith was a major musical influence on Hetfield as a child, and he has said that they were the reason he wanted to play guitar, along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent and Deep Purple and The Beatles.
As a huge musical influence himself, Metallica’s Hetfield makes an effort to keep the metal alive. He recently appeared at the Rockin’ The Bay Benefit annual charity event to jam with some kids on Metallica’s hit, “Enter Sandman.” (I have heard that one at Rock On Camp!) Check out the video.
The benefit was for Little Kids Rock, a leading nonprofit provider of music instruction and instruments to public schools. Hetfield was actually awarded the “Livin’ The Dream Award,” for his contributions to the charity over the years. He even put his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro up for sale on eBay, with the proceeds going to a Music for Schools program.