The Darkness Singer Talks About Metallica Guitarist James Hetfield Offering Him Support During A Difficult Time

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Back in the day, when The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins found himself in a rough place, none other than Metallica guitarist James Hetfield reached out to offer him some help.

In a recent video that is part of Hawkins’ YouTube channel – where he critiques vocal performances – Hawkins covered pop star Miley Cyrus’ performing with the band for their song “Nothing Else Matters.”

Before he even goes into bringing up any critique though, Hawkins speaks to how much he loves the band:

“I love Metallica. Let’s just get that out there: Metallica’s amazing. It’s a rite of passage – if you haven’t seen Metallica live, you must do so at some point in your lifetime. Those guys really kick ass, always have, I don’t care what anybody says.”

Hawkins continues, speaking to Metallica guitarist James Hetfield reaching out to him when he was struggling:

“We actually did a bit of touring with Metallica. We played with them in Ireland and we played with them in Australia. And James Hetfield could recognize in me that I might have been struggling a little bit with certain behaviors [does a drinking motion with hands]. He was really kind; he took me to one side and gave me his number and was like, If you ever need to talk to anybody. Just really supportive and an excellent person.”

Hawkins then adds a side comment about Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, saying he was an “excellent person” as well, but in another way:

“Lars Ulrich was an excellent person but in the other way. He was somebody that encouraged me to party and partied with me, so happy days one and all.”

That is really cool of James to reach out to Hawkins and provide his support. What a truly awesome dude! You can find the full video of Justin Hawkins talking about James Hetfield (and Cyrus’ performance) below.

The Metallica guitarist recently did a pretty cool thing by calling the woman who gave birth during a live Metallica concert. More on that story via the link below.

Watch: Metallica Singer Calls Woman Who Gave Birth During A Metallica Concert

In other news related to the Darkness singer, Justin Hawkins recently spoke to his concerns regarding Jon Bon Jovi’s voice. Hawkins uploaded a video critiquing one of Jon Bon Jovi’s performances, and he noticed some concerning things. To learn more about that story and hear what Hawkins has to say, click on the link below.

“It saddens me to see it:” Darkness Singer Comments On Jon Bon Jovi Vocal Issues


Words by: Michael Pementel