10 James Hetfield Guest Appearances
We take a look at 10 of James Hetfield's guest appearances, either live or in the studio.
"Drivin' Rain" -- Gov't Mule
James Hetfield and Les Claypool guest on this Gov't Mule cut that was featured on the compilation album, Crank It Up with NASCAR. Fun fact: Les Claypool was among the many famous bassists who auditioned to take over bass duties in Metallica after the departure of Jason Newsted.
"Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand?" -- Waylon Jennings cover
If you've heard "Mama Said" or the aforementioned cover of Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone," you know Hetfield has an outlaw country side to him. At the Outlaws Concert in 2004, Hetfield performed alongside the likes of Hank Williams Jr., Cowboy Troy, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Kid Rock, covering a tune by his recently deceased friend Waylon Jennings. Later in the evening, Hetfield would be joined by Jennings' widow Jesse Colter for a rendition of "Mama Said."
"Twist of Cain," "Possession" -- Danzig
Metallica have shown their love for the Misfits with covers of "Green Hell," "Last Caress" and "Die, Die My Darling" over the years, so it's no surprise that Hetfield appears on not one, but two tracks on Glenn Danzig's 1988 solo debut. Due to contractual issues, Hetfield (like the CoC appearance) was uncredited on the album. Fun fact: Both tracks were originally written as songs for Danzig's previous band, Samhain.
"You Really Got Me" -- Ray Davies feat. Metallica
When it was announced that Kinks frontman Ray Davies was recruiting a whole slew of guest musicians for a compilation album, the name that immediately jumped out to almost everyone was Metallica. The metal heavyweights had previously joined Davies for live takes on "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concert, as well inviting him to appear on stage with them in 2009 at Madison Square Garden. While it raised a few eyebrows, I think we can all safely say that Ray Davies wasn't Metallica's most questioned collaboration in 2011.
Guitar World made history in Milan, Italy, on July 6, 2011, by getting Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Slayer’s Kerry King and Anthrax’s Scott Ian to pose for group photos—the first to ever feature all the guitarists of thrash metal’s momentous Big 4 tour. The Big Four Poster Book presents eight of those incredible photographs on 16-by-22-inch posters suitable for wall hanging, and it's available now at the Guitar World Online Store.
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