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Birth Name: James Hetfield
Born: 08/03/1963
Birth Place: Downey, California, USA

Born James Alan Hetfield on Aug. 3, 1963 in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, CA, he was the son of truck driver Virgil Hetfield and his wife, Cynthia, a light opera singer. Hetfield and his siblings - two older half-brothers from his mother's first marriage and a younger sister - were raised as Christian Scientists, a religion that he would come to reject in his teenage years after his mother succumbed to cancer in 1979. At an early age, he found solace in music, learning the piano at nine before moving to drums. But after discovering Aerosmith and other hard rock idols of the Seventies like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Hetfield adopted the guitar as his primary instrument. He began play... Continue Bio >>

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