I’m hardly a Metallica fan anymore, but I couldn’t help but be a bit surprised to see that on Friday Metallica cancelled a tour with Slipknot in order for singer and guitarist James Hetfield to enter rehab. The pair of bands were set to head to Australia for a few dates.
Hetfield, and basically the main trio in Metallica all were fairly well known for their drinking and drug use during the peak of their fame in the 80s and 90s. They often were referred to by the name Alcoholica, but I was lead to believe at this point the whole band had put their drug issues behind them about 15 years ago now.
James Hetfield is 56, so at this point he’s probably shaving years off the tail end of his life if he’s doing drugs at his age. Experimenting with drugs is something plenty of people do when they come of age, but there is usually a time when you have to grow up a bit and get rid of some of those vices. Still, I’m sure there are thousands of people with drug problems that are far older than James.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with dabbling in drugs from time to time. You just don’t want it to take over your life. When do you think is a good time to stop relying on drugs? There are plenty of former drug users that eventually cut back to marijuana when they get older.
When are you too old to be a drug addict? Sorry if this is considered a little insensitive. I obviously wish James Hetfield a full recovery and he continues to see success.