Metallica Launches Whiskey Despite James Hetfield's Battle With Alcohol - Noise11.com
Metallica. image by Ros O'Gorman

Metallica. image by Ros O'Gorman

Metallica Launches Whiskey Despite James Hetfield’s Battle With Alcohol

by Music-News.com on September 15, 2020

in News

Metallica rocker Kirk Hammett has defended the group’s decision to launch their own whisky, despite frontman James Hetfield’s long battle with alcoholism.

Metallica scrapped plans to tour Australia last year, as Hetfield had returned to rehab to cope with an addiction he first publicly battled back in 2001, before going sober for a long period.

Back in 2018, the group launched Blackened, a whisky that used their music, played through a subwoofer to disrupt the whiskey inside its barrel, a decision lead guitarist Hammett is still comfortable with despite his bandmate’s relapse.

“You can’t compare the two things. James’s struggle to get dry is a completely personal matter mentally and emotionally,” he tells Britain’s Daily Star newspaper. “The fact that we produce, bottle and sell alcohol is totally independent of this.

“It is completely up to you whether you drink or not. And I think I can sell what I want. If I were a diabetic, that wouldn’t mean that I couldn’t sell sweets.”

Updating fans on Hetfield’s situation, he adds: “We hold a virtual meeting once a week to keep in touch. James is working his way out of his situation. We can really only try to support him.”

Hammett went on to assert that the band would emerge stronger from their latest setback.

“We’ve definitely survived so much and have become ­brothers,” he explains. “We love one another, even if we sometimes hate each other as well. But that’s the way it is with brothers. We realise that we are bound to one another for the rest of our lives. I could say I’m leaving Metallica. And then what? Everyone would look at me and say: ‘Hey, that’s the Metallica guy.'”

music-news.com

Noise11.com

Follow Noise11 on Social Media

NEW: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE

Noise11 on Instagram

You’ll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter

Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Duke Bootee
Duke Bootee, Composer of ‘The Message’, Dead At 69

Edward G. Fletcher (aka Duke Bootee) has died at the age of 69. The rapper was best known for writing the Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five hit ‘The Message’.

1 day ago
Drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac performs at ADOTG at Mt Duneed Winery on 7 November 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Mick Fleetwood Sells His Recording Rights

Mick Fleetwood is the latest superstar to sell his catalogue. Fleetwood, the co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, has handed over his future royalties from his recorded works to BMG.

1 day ago
Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull Is Making An Album With Australia’s Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Marianne Faithfull have confirmed details of their upcoming 'She Walks In Beauty' collection - which is set to be released on April 30 - and she has been eyeing up the project for a long time.

1 day ago
Neil Young Way Down In the Rust Bucket
Neil Young To Release ‘Way Down In The Rust Bucket’ In February

Neil Young’s next archive release will be a 1990 concert from the Ragged Glory tour.

2 days ago
Ronnie James Dio photo by Ros O'Gorman
Black Sabbath’s Iconic Ronnie James Dio Albums Set For Expansion

‘Heaven and Hell’ and ‘Mob Rules’, the initial two Black Sabbath albums with Ronnie James Dio on vocals, will be expanded with rare and previously unreleased music.

3 days ago
Phil Collins Not Dead Yet Melbourne photo Noise11.com
Phil Collins Ex To Become Reality Star

Phil Collins' ex-wife Orianne Cevey is reportedly being lined up for a potential reboot of the Real Housewives of Miami.

3 days ago
AC/DC Etihad Stadium, Rock Or Bust World Tour. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
AC/DC Debut Sydney Built ‘Realize’ Video

AC/DC are set to unveil their next video for the ‘PWR/UP’ song ‘Realize’ and its Australian made.

4 days ago