Being a Top-Tier rock star doesn’t mean you have to give up the simple things in life. Hetfield loves the outdoors so much he left the big city.
Metallica’s James Hetfield sat down with Joe Rogan to talk about how getting outdoors helps him keep his feet on the ground, and stay energized.
He talks about attitudes of people he knew in the big city towards hunters.
He even mentioned getting grief over a case of mistaken identity.
Anti-hunters tried to launch a protest against him for shooting a bear in Alaska.
Here’s the news clip from back then.
A photo widely circulated on social media purporting to show Metallica singer James Hetfield posing beside a slain bear has been revealed as a picture of someone else entirely.
The photo, showing a hunter crouching beside a dead bear, was shared and circulated on Facebook and Twitter among activists protesting Metallica’s billing at Glastonbury.
Hetfield’s love of hunting and his role narrating a new History channel documentary, called The Hunt, has angered animal rights activists who say it contradicts the ideals of the music festival.
The picture is actually of Doug Giles, a hunting enthusiast from the US, and is of himself with a Brown Bear he shot in Prince William Sound, Alaska, in June 2010.
‘It’s hilarious,’ Mr Giles told MailOnline. ‘You’d think protests to be a little bit more stringent in their protesting.
Hunting enthusiast Doug Giles has been vocal in his support of Metallica’s right to play at Glastonbury +4
Hunting enthusiast Doug Giles has been vocal in his support of Metallica’s right to play at Glastonbury
‘I don’t think I look like [Hetfield] at all, I don’t have tattoos up and down my arms. People went nuts, man. I don’t know if they’re high or what but they started attributing that to Hetfield.
‘I don’t know who switched it from me to Hetfield, but one of the big US outlets . . . They too were wrongfully attributing my incredible bear picture to Hetfield’s hunting prowess.’
If that photo and name ring any bells, it’s none other than our own big dawg, Doug Giles.
So, that’s the kind of drama Hetfield took his family to the mountains to get away from.
Can you really blame him?
Rock on, James! Keep doin’ what you do!