Weather Alert

James Hetfield: Metallica Once Attempted to Recruit Different Frontman

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Musicians James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica take a bow onstage at CBS RADIO's third annual "The Night Before" at AT&T Park on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS)
  • It’s hard to imagine anyone else fronting Metallica, but the band once had someone else in mind.
  • On the SiriusXM show ‘Mandatory Metallica,’ Hetfield said that John Bush from the band Armored Saint was originally being wooed for frontman.
  • “John Bush was a singer we got to know really well, [and we] really, really tried to get him into the band as a singer,” said Hetfield. “It didn’t work out.”
  • Hetfield added, “He was very dedicated and very in love with what he was doing with his brothers in Armored Saint, and we absolutely respect that.”
  • Can you imagine anyone else singing in Metallica? Who do you think would have been a good choice for frontman if James Hetfield weren’t around?

Connect With Us Listen To Us On