James Hetfield To Make First Public Appearance Since Entering Rehab

James Hetfield, guitarist and co-founder of Metallica is set to make his first public appearance since entering rehab last year.

Hetfield donated ten of his custom-made cars to the Peterson Automotive Museum for an exhibit dubbed “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection” and is due to appear at a ceremony launching the exhibit on January 30.

Included in the collection are such beauties as the Voodoo Priest, based on a ’37 Lincoln Zephyr, a ’36 Auburn roadster named Slow Burn and a ’34 Packard, Aquarius, among others.

“‘Reclaimed Rust’ brings together two industries that go hand in hand with artist expression,” said Terry L. Karges, the executive director of the museum. “This is the first time the Hetfield collection will be showcased to the public and we can’t wait to share the inspiration behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world.”

The 56-year-old guitarist has struggled with addiction issues on and off for several years and re-entered rehab in September of 2019, forcing Metallica to cancel their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

“We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can,” the band wrote in a statement at the time.

(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

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