Randy Blythe: James Hetfield Helped Me Get Sober + Saved My Life
Since Friday's news that Metallica postponed their fall tour in light of James Hetfield checking back into rehab, the rock and metal community has been showing their support of the frontman. Lamb of God's Randy Blythe shared his sentiments, including how the Metallica frontman helped him get sober, ultimately saving his life.
Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta posted a photo of Hetfield on his Instagram shortly after the news came out. In the caption, he told the story of how the thrash frontman helped him find his sobriety. Blythe then took to the comments section to explain a similar path to sober living as seen below.
I got sober while we were on tour with Metallica almost 9 years ago. The first day of that run, one of my crew guys came to me and said “Hey, Hetfield’s looking for you”- we had been touring with them in the States & Europe for over a year and I was just RAGING, especially in Europe, but inside I was MISERABLE. He knew I had been trying to quit drinking, it wasn’t working for me anymore, & it all came to an end in Australia. A HUGE FACTOR in my willingness & ability to get sober while on fucking heavy metal tour was the fact that I had James & some of his crew who were also sober to talk to - I didn’t have to do it alone.
James & crew babied me through my first month of sobriety out there on the road - it was a heavy trip. I couldn’t have done it without them. When I saw the news about James today, I hurt so bad inside for him, because he was there for me when I was in such bad shape - I know how dark it can get. But it was also a very strong reminder for me of what I am, & what waits for me if I fuck up & forget I am alcoholic. If you’re an alcoholic, NO ONE IS IMMUNE, no matter how long you have been sober. James is in the right place right now, though, & as he has gone there of his own volition, it sounds like to me he wants sobriety back - and that is the key to it all, you have to want it. So my thoughts & prayers are with him - I love that dude. He literally helped SAVE MY LIFE.
We wish nothing but the absolute best and a speedy, safe recovery for Papa Het. Addiction sinks its teeth into many people, but it doesn't have to win.
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