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Metallica's James Hetfield Discusses How Music Saved His Life — Video

In this new video from Road Recovery, Metallica's James Hetfield opens up about his rocky past.

He's done things he isn't proud of, he admits, but music saved his life by giving him an outlet to write and express himself.

“Shame's a big thing for me," Hetfield says. "Playing music has saved my life. Every day it saves my life. When I am able to write, write a riff, write some lyrics, stuff like that, it’s a way I connect with the world.”

For more about Road Recovery, visit roadrecovery.org.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.