Back in , countless famous musicians voted to choose their favorite artists for Rolling Stone magazines best singers of all-time list. At the time, Metallica frontman James Hetfield was one of those voters who picked his favorite singers.
As you know, James Hetfield is one of the most successful singers in metal history. Hes been doing great works with his heavy metal band, Metallica, whos been flying the metal flag for over 40 years. With his band Metallica, James Hetfield has released ten studio albums in total and showed off that how an important musician he is for the community.
Among the 10 singers that James Hetfield listed as the best of history, there were some musicians like Ronnie James Dio, Layne Staley, Rob Halford, Bon Scott, Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister, and more musicians.
Also, when James Hetfield picked his top 20 singers, Freddie Mercury, Maynard James Keenan, Steven Tyler, Johnny Cash, and more were included in the list.
The 10 Singers That James Hetfield Named As The Best Of All Time
Robert Plant, who was the lead singer of the Led Zeppelin and reached world success from the late s to the end of the s, is an English singer and frontman.
After he parted ways with the band, Robert Plant has begun his solo career. During his solo career, Plant has released eleven solo studio albums. While his debut solo album has released in , his eleventh and latest solo album has released in
9. Ozzy Osbourne
The English singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne has known for his tenure with his former band Black Sabbath, the band he rose to prominence during the 70s. Although he has an in-out career with them, Osbourne is regarded as the legend of the band.
Besides his Sabbath career, Ozzy Osbourne has been doing some great works in his solo career. From to , Osbourne has released twelve solo albums in total. Also, during his solo career, he performed with many talented musicians like Randy Rhoads, Rudy Sarzo, Zakk Wylde, Bob Daisley, and more.
8. Glenn Danzig
The founding member of some great bands like Danzig, Misfits, and Samhain, Glenn Danzig was in 8th place in the 10 singers that James Hetfield listed as the best of all time. The musician, whos previously written songs for Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, has been playing in genres featuring heavy metal, punk rock, blues, and more.
7. Lemmy Kilmister
The late Motorhead guitarist Lemmy Kilmister, whos passed away in December , was one of the closest friends of James Hetfield. Theyve shared stages several times and rocked the crowd with their legendary music.
During his career with his band Motorhead, Lemmy had released twenty-two studio albums in total. After his tragic passing, the band announced its disbanding.
6. Paul DiAnno
The British singer Paul DiAnno is known for his tenure with the heavy metal band Iron Maiden from to During his career with the band, the musician has appeared many efforts of them.
Firstly, the musician took place on the debut EP of Iron Maiden, The Soundhouse Tapes. In , the musician has released Iron Maidens debut studio album, Iron Maiden. Just a year after, Maiden has unveiled Killers with him.
5. Bon Scott
Bon Scott was the fifth musician in the 10 singers that James Hetfield listed as the best of all time.
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4. Chris Cornell
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Besides his tenure with Soundgarden, Cornell had a huge solo career. He released five solo albums in total and sold million albums, million digital songs, and million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. alone, as well as over 30 million records worldwide across his entire career.
3. Rob Halford
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2. Layne Staley
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1. Ronnie James Dio
The first of the 10 singers that James Hetfield named as the best of all time was Ronnie James Dio, known for his golden works with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.
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4 bands that James Hetfield listed as his favorites outside the big four
Metallica singer and guitarist James Hetfield is one of the most famous musicians of all time that was part of the birth of Thrash Metal back in the 80s. In an interview with Little Punk People back in he listed some of his favorite bands of the genre explaining briefly why he likes them so much.
4 bands that James Hetfield listed as his favorites outside the big four:
Oh, my God! Theres tons of them. Well, Exodus for sure. We grew up with those guys in the Bay Area. Oh, and we stole their guitar player; that too. [Laughs] But, yeah, I think theyre great. Testament A lot of bands in the Bay Area, a lot of thrash stuff. I just think even before that, punk rock was kind of the beginning of it for me.
Motorhead kind of thrashy but rock and roll. But I loved G.B.H., or still do, and I love Discharge a lot. Thats kind of really cool thrash music to me.
Formed in in Richmond, California, Exodus current lineup consists of guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson, drummer Tom Hunting, and lead vocalist Steve Zetro Souza. There are no original members left in Exodus other than Hunting, who has departed from the band twice, in and , but rejoined in The group is also remembered for being guitarist Kirk Hammetts band before he left in to join Metallica as Dave Mustaines replacement.
Holt, who replaced original guitarist Tim Agnello in , has been most consistent member throughout various lineup changes and break-ups. Also is the only member to be present on each Exodus release.
Formed in Berkeley, California in under the name Legacy, Testaments current lineup has guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, drummer Gene Hoglan, and bassist Steve Di Giorgio. They had many lineup changes over the years, with Peterson being the only remaining original member, though they have since been rejoined by one of its songwriters Skolnick, who was out of the band from to Billy replaced original singer Steve Zetro Souza (who left the band to join Exodus as the replacement of Paul Baloff) in , prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since. He and Peterson are the only members to appear on all of Testaments studio albums.
GBH are an English punk rock band which was formed in by vocalist Colin Abrahall, guitarist Colin Jock Blyth, bassist Sean McCarthy (replaced by Ross Lomas after two years) and drummer Andy Wilf Williams.
The bands name was originally Charged GBH, then was shortened to GBH. It is widely understood that the name came from then-bassist Sean McCarthy being charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH), though vocalist Colin Abrahall denied this in , claiming it was just a name like UK Subs; and, when pushed, said the initials stood for Girls, Booze, and Hash. Though the core line up of Colin, Ross, and Jock has stayed the same throughout their history, the drum stool has been occupied by a number of incumbents following Wilfs departure after the Midnight Madness and Beyond album and Oh No Its GBH Again 12 EP.
Discharge are an English hardcore punk band formed in in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The band is known for influencing countless sub-genres of extreme music. Their songs have been covered by some of the biggest names in heavy metal and other genres. The musical sub-genre of D-beat is named after Discharge and the bands distinctive drumbeat.
In an interview with Music Radar back in , James Hetfield recalled how he decided to become a musician: “I started taking piano lessons when I was about eight years old because my mum saw me basically playing drums on a piano at someone’s house once and thought, ‘Oh, he’s a musician!’ So I took some lessons at some old lady’s house, which stunk, but she gave me cookies at the end.
I took those lessons for three years and thought, ‘This sucks, I’m not learning any Aerosmith songs here!’ I was playing sh*t I had no care for. Then I graduated to guitar because my brothers, who are 10 years older than me, were in bands at the time. So there was always a drum kit, piano and guitar sitting around the house. They were like toys. I loved hard rock so I picked up the guitar.”
Metallica frontman James Hetfield recently sat down with Little Punk People for an interview right before taking the stage May 14 at New Jerseys MetLife Stadium. Along with a bunch of other topics, Hetfield spoke with Elliot Fullam about his favorite non-Big Four thrash bands and what hed say to Cliff Burton if possible.
Metallicas stadium show in New Jersey went off over the weekend and we were there to grab come close-up photos of the giant metal celebration. Before the show, Hetfield was asked whats one thing he could change in the world if he could. Of course, Metallicas frontman would bring late bassist Cliff Burton back. Maybe I could fix Cliff Burton and have him come back, Hetfield said.
As for what hed say to Cliff if he knew the bassist was listening, Hetfield responded, He hears me, I know he does. What Id say is, I miss you, man. I miss you, brother. Hes dearly missed by a lot of people. He was an insane character.
As for non-Big Four thrash bands, Hetfield picks Exodus and Testament as two of the essentials and even went further back to the punk-inspired age. Punk rock was kind of the beginning of it for me. Motorhead kind of thrashy but rock and roll. I loved G.B.H., or still do, and I love Discharge a lot. That's kind of really cool thrash music to me."
Metallica are trudging on touring North America with Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira opening up on different occasions. Click here to check out the full tour routing.
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Metallica frontman James Hetfield spoke with Newsweeks Jeff Perlah. Highlights from the interview appear below.
Newsweek: Hardwired[to Self-Destruct] pays tribute to some of the giants of metal. The deluxe edition features Ronnie Rising Medley, which was previously available on ’s Ronnie James Dio–This Is Your Life tribute album. The record also features Murder One, a song about Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister.
James Hetfield: We all have our mentors, and we need them, or at least I do. I need someone who I’m lookin’ up to, to either try and chase or learn from. We were asked by Dio’s wife, Wendy, to contribute to [This Is Your Life]. And that was kind of a no-brainer. We’re no strangers to doing covers. So the Ronnie Rising Medley was kind of a combination of all the good stuff we loved from Dio. It’s great to challenge myself with singing stuff like that. It helps me grow. And it also helps me push limits that I think I’m stuck in.
Lemmy in particular was an icon, sort of a godfather for people who love heavy metal. He was the captain of the ship. And we all felt he was immortal [laughs], doing the hard, hard, hard livin’ for such a long time on the road, and just really goin’ for it [laughs]. We knew it would come to an end at some point. But we really didn’t expect it. There’s certainly no Metallica without a Motörhead.
We would get to jam with Lemmy. He was a very friendly guy. We covered quite a few of their songs. You know, Motörhead never made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is a shame. But he did win a Grammy for a song called Whiplash that we had recorded on Kill ’Em All. We were trying to write a Motörhead song. He covered our song [for Motörhead’s album, Kiss of Death] that was kind inspired by him, and he wins a Grammy for it. That is very cool.
Newsweek: Can you talk about some of your influences as a guitarist?
James Hetfield: So guitar influences for me—really percussive. As I mentioned earlier, I’d love to play drums too [laughs], you know? What I do is play drums on the guitar. I’m very rhythmic, and obviously I’m a rhythm guitar player, so there’s some great rhythm guitar players out there: Malcolm Young [of AC/DC] obviously. [Scorpions founding member] Rudolf Schenker and I would say Johnny Ramone had just a great right hand: a lot of down picking, da-da-da-da [he sings a guitar down-picking part], really machine-like. I just gravitated toward that. And obviously the musicality of a riff: Somebody like a Tony Iommi, who is the ultimate riff master in my opinion—so a combination of heavy and great melodies within the riffs.
Newsweek: Looking way back, the band nailed four landmark albums, including Master of Puppets, in only five years.
James Hetfield: When you’re young and got nothing else to do and that is your life, that makes sense. As we get older, there is other things going on. Back then, there was touring, but it was not as intense as it became post-Black Album. Being on tour for three years didn’t happen back then, so we were basically going back into the studio. And also no families to raise or to be around, wanting to be there for your kids and watch them grow. And it is amazing that in the early ’80s, mid-’80s and late ’80s, there was a lot of great metal happening, not from just us and the other Big Four [Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth] but lots of other bands that were very inspired by the movement.
There were a lot of bands from the Bay Area. Exodus was a great band, we loved watching them, we did quite a few shows with them; the band in Seattle called Metal Church. But it was really while growing up in L.A., us and Slayer for sure. Who can be heavier, who can be faster? And it was a very great, and healthy, competition.
Newsweek: Do you have a favorite early Metallica album?
James Hetfield: I like Ride the Lightning a lot because I think that was the first time we got to be a part of it. Kill ’Em All, obviously we recorded and wrote all the songs for it, and they were basically songs from the first couple of years we had been playing in the clubs. So we just went in and recorded them, but we weren’t allowed to be in there for the mix or anything. With Ride the Lightning, there was no manager telling us, “Stay away from this studio” [laughs]. We were really integrated into it, and we were able to help with the sounds, help with the ideas and all that stuff.
Newsweek: Speaking of playing live, the first time you performed the Hardwired song Moth Into Flame was at Webster Hall in New York City on September 27th, , the 30th anniversary of Cliff’s death [original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton]. How does Cliff’s work remain a key part of your musical life?
James Hetfield: Well, he planted a harmony seed in me that I’ve never forgotten. He was a big, big Thin Lizzy fan. We were pretty—and I hate to use the word—bombastic, we were a little punk rock, and he brought in a little more musicality. He was the one that went to junior college and studied musical theory, and he loved all kinds of different music. Obviously, his bass playing, his unique sound, continues to live in the fans and live in us. So Robert [Trujillo] is respectful of him. And Robert is his own amazing player.
Read more at Newsweek.
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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Reveals His Favorite Non-'Big Four' Thrash Bands
Elliott Fullam of Little Punk People conducted an interview with METALLICA frontman James Hetfield before the band's May 14 concert show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked to name his favorite thrash bands that are not part of the so-called "Big Four" of s thrash metal (METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX), Hetfield said: "Oh, my God! There's tons of them. Well, EXODUS for sure. We grew up with those guys in the [San Francisco] Bay Area. Oh, and we stole their guitar player; that too. [Laughs] But, yeah, I think they're great. TESTAMENT… A lot of bands in the Bay Area, a lot of thrash stuff. I just think even before that… Yeah, there's thrash… Punk rock was kind of the beginning of it for me. MOTÖRHEAD — kind of thrashy but rock and roll. But I loved G.B.H., or still do, and I love DISCHARGE a lot. That's kind of really cool thrash music to me."
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine in spoke to Radio.com about which band should have been included if the "Big Four" were expanded and considered the "Big Five". Mustaine said: "You know, people will say there's a whole another generation, like the 'Medium Four' [laughs], and I think there's a lot of great bands that fit that bill, too. But I think probably EXODUS, because there was nobody else at the time that had that kind of pull or that kind of importance in the metal community. Granted, it was with [late EXODUS singer Paul] Baloff, and Baloff had a voice that you had to have an acquired taste for, but you know, I liked him."
In a interview with Metal Asylum, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt was asked if he feels the "Big Four" should have been expanded and considered the "Big Seven", including EXODUS, TESTAMENT and OVERKILL. "Well, I think it should be the 'Big Five' with EXODUS, because we were there at the start of thrash metal with METALLICA in the real early '80s," he said. "Same thing with MEGADETH because Mustaine was a part of METALLICA's birth and he also created MEGADETH. And SLAYER are SLAYER. ANTHRAX are also great and old friends, but if you listen to those first few records, they have definitely changed. TESTAMENT has every right to be part of the thrash metal legends, but it just came down to timing because they came later. And OVERKILL have been their since the beginning also. But I don't get hung up on that shit, because I know how it all started and I know where I was when the shit got created. We [EXODUS] certainly deserve to be part of the founding fathers, but you know who often gets excluded are the Germans — KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM. Everybody looks to America and forgets those guys. KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM all released records in the early '80s."
Back in , METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was asked by U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine if it's strange to him how much METALLICA has eclipsed the other "Big Four" bands in terms of commercial popularity. "I try not to spend too much time thinking about stuff like that because whatever I think of is still not going to be a satisfying enough explanation," he replied. "It's just the way things are and how the chips fell. EXODUS in the '80s had some bona fide problems, but I think their first album ['s 'Bonded By Blood'] is just as good as [METALLICA's debut] 'Kill 'Em All'. We were just playing the music we wanted to hear because no one else was playing it and it wasn't being played on the radio. It was only a small group of people who knew about it and it was almost elitist in that 'No posers allowed!' thing."
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