Heavy metal legend James Hetfield has announced he is leaving Metallica to start a new career in Nashville. He has been a member of Metallica for over 30 years and has created music with that band that will certainly live on forever. Although fans were shocked, a source connected to the band says it has been in the works for “a long time”.
In a statement, Hetfield said it was “time to move on and get back to my country roots”. He is expected to release his debut album in June and make his first appearance at the Grand Ole’ Opry in July. Hetfield was recently seen shopping for blue jeans and cowboy boots by paparazzi in Los Angeles.
In a candid new interview about his decision to leave the band, Hetfield says he has been a country music singer in “his heart” for the last “four or five Metallica records”. Obviously, he is commenting on the less heavier era of Metallica where Hetfield’s vocal performances resembled modern country music.
“Hetfield Road” was recorded in the fall and was somehow able to be kept a secret from fans. His debut album is expected to be a huge commercial success. His album features guest appearances from Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Phil Anselmo, and Eminem.
The album will come with a pack of cigarettes and a bottle of whiskey, according to a press release. Fans can also purchase a “VIP Edition” of his album which comes with 100% authentic tears shed by Hetfield while he recorded his upcoming single “My wife left me and my dog died”.
What does this mean for the heavy metal world? Who will take his place in Metallica? Lots of people seem to favor Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, who recently announced he was looking to depart the band.