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Metallica Singer: Sex, Drugs, And Rock n Roll are Horrible

Published: May 16, 2006 (Issue # 1169)


LOS ANGELES Metallica frontman James Hetfield fought back tears on Friday as he recounted his public battle with addiction, and labeled the sex, drugs and rock n roll ethos as a horrible myth.

The 42-year-old singer/guitarist was being honored at a Hollywood fundraiser for the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides access to addiction recovery for members of the music community.

The event, which also honored concert promoter Bill Silva, culminated in a three-song set by Hetfield and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, along with Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney.

They dusted off the Alice in Chains songs Would? and Them Bones, and finished with the Metallica ballad Nothing Else Matters.

Other performers included Tom Waits, Velvet Revolver,Jason Mraz and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Guests included rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon, Motorhead frontman Lemmy, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett, and Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis.

They reclined on couches scattered throughout the Music Box @ Fonda and imbibed alcohol-free refreshments, thus avoiding the risk of any public relapses.

Hetfield began his speech asking for a moment of silence for the people who didnt make it, that arent with us, who could be and I think should be.





 


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