Metallica's James Hetfield returns public after rehabilitation
Photo courtesy of Enzo Mazzeo

Metallica’s James Hetfield makes the first appearance after rehab in September 2019. He is being a rehabilitation for alcohol and other psychological problem.

This summer, Metallica has been on hold ever since, though they did announce a dozen of festival appearances. After this concert tour, James Hetfield enters a rehabilitation program. Because he is can’t manage the alcoholic lifestyle. Now, he is back after 4 months later. Thursday, he has attended a reception at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. This also happens ahead of the Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection exhibition, which features 10 of his stunning classic cars.

In this “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection” exhibition featured the following cars: Voodoo Priest, based on a ’37 Lincoln Zephyr, a ’36 Auburn roadster named Slow Burn, a Delahaye inspired ’34 Packard, Aquarius, a ’36 Ford in Iron Fist, a purple ’56 Ford F-100 pickup truck, and three cars by Rick Dore: Black Pearl, a custom 1948 Jaguar, a ’52 Olds named Grinch, and Skyscraper, Hetfield’s 1953 Buick Skylark. Also, James Hetfield’s first public appearance and showing looking happy and healthy. After he checked into a treatment program in September.

Here’s the official statement about Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection:

“Best known as a co-founder, songwriter, singer, and guitarist for the heavy metal band Metallica, James Hetfield has also gained recognition in the automotive world for his unique collection of entirely bespoke vehicles.

“While the vast majority of collectors acquire vehicles by purchasing pre-existing examples, Hetfield elected instead to build his from scratch, channeling creativity often reserved for his music into the production of rolling sculptures.

“Hetfield, a lifelong car enthusiast, has described seeing cars in the same way he sees music: as forms of freedom and expression that convey the passions of their creator.

“At once classic and modern, Hetfield’s vehicles assert both a reverence for history and a disregard for convention, standing collectively as a testament to the musician’s distinctive personality and artistic energy.”

Metallica’s first 2020 concert an All Within My Hands benefit show, will happen on March 28 in California, US. Check out the James Hetfield first appearance photos and videos below.

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