According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was asked in a new interview with Canada's Jam! Music how touring has changed for him in the 14 years since he got sober in 2002. Hetfield, a father of three teenagers who has been married for almost 20 years, responded: "It's not a tour of bars and strip clubs anymore. It's actually, 'Hey, there's a great restaurant or here's a really cool, whatever, there's a car show in town.' Getting out and doing stuff. I love just walking too. Just kind of get lost in the city. So yeah, priorities have certainly changed."
Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how much he appreciated playing shows after he won his sobriety. "Now I can really feel what great energy is created by it, I really understand the whole family feeling around it, how everyone contributes to that," he said. "Everyone, the crew, puts into it. They're dedicated. They fly the flag and they're really into what we do. They believe in us. And when I go out there and represent all of those people, it's a great feeling." just loves everything and she knows every song on every station. It blows my mind."
Asked how long the band can keep going after 35 years together, Hetfield mused: "We don't know. We're pioneering this ourselves. And we're making it up as we go along. It will reveal itself, however it does. If one show somebody can't get up and perform then we kind of know."
METALLICA's first album in eight years, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", came out last month and went to No. 1 in 57 countries, including the U.S.