Combining intricate rhythms and incredible solos, Hetfield is the quintessential metal guitarist. His start to fame was answering an ad by drummer Lars Ulrich in the newspaper, leading him to co-found one of the most famous metal bands ever in 1981.
Born in 1963 to a light opera singer and a truck driver, Hetfield began his music with piano lessons at nine, before trying out drums and then finally guitar. He’s said that Aerosmith was his main musical inspiration as a child, and why he wanted to play guitar.
Neil Young of Many Bands and Solo Career
Crazy Horse. Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Buffalo Springfield. If you've been following music for a while, then these names are all going to mean one thing: the singing and playing of Neil Young.
Born in Toronto, Canada in 1945, Young was the child of journalist and sportswriter Scott and housewife Edna. Young suffered from Polio during an outbreak in 1952, and the family moved around a lot. His love of music began as a child when he spent much of his free time listening to the radio. He idolized Elvis, and his first success at music came in the sixties with the single “Flying on the Ground is Wrong.”
James Hetfield Now
With Metallica, Hetfield has received nine Grammy Awards from ten studio albums, three live albums, and four EPs. He's been called one of the best metal guitarists from a number of sources. Though he struggled mightily with substance and anger issues, his marriage to Francesca Tomasi has helped him get control of his vices.
Hetfield apparently also likes skateboarding but has broken his arm so many times that he has a clause in his contract not to skateboard while touring. Hetfield enjoys hunting, farming, and beekeeping, of all things. He's also expressed his disdain for celebrities who soapbox their opinions and has said that politics drive him crazy.
Peter Gabriel Now
Gabriel has one of the most extensive trophy cases in music history. He's won three Brit Awards (including “Best British Male” in 1987), six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, and more. “Time” has named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2008. AllMusic has described Gabriel as one of the most ambitious and innovative musicians in rock.
He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, first with Genesis in 2010, and then as a solo artist in 2014. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of South Australia for his achievements in music.
Peter Gabriel of Genesis
Born in 1950, Gabriel rose to fame as the original singer for one of the original prog-rock bands, Genesis. He left the band when he was twenty-five (having joined it at seventeen), and went on to start a successful solo career, starting with the single “Solsbury Hill.” His album “So” from 1986 is his best-selling release, certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the United States.
According to an MTV report, the album's single “Sledgehammer” is their most played music video of all time. Always a fan of world music, he co-founded the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts, and Dance) in 1982.