Metallica’s James Hetfield Warns Fans of Social Media Imposters

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Across social media, folks have been getting scammed by people pretending to be Metallica guitarist and singer James Hetfield.

This has become such an issue that Hetfield decided to release a statement through the band’s official social media account, warning his fans of these scams. Per that statement, Hetfield shares the following:

“Papa Het would love you to read this

“There are people online that have assumed my identity, spreading misinformation, and have caused damage to other people.

“There are imposters and predators out there. This is out of my control, but it is in your control who you choose to connect with. Please be careful on socials and vet people before getting in contact with them.

“To be clear… I am not on any social media forms, Facebook, Instagram, Etc.

“The only connection I have with social media is through the official Metallica website and official Metallica socials.

“If you are following or communicating with someone who you think is or is portraying themselves as me… It is not me.

“I hope this helps those who have been or are getting deceived and are ashamed to talk about it.

“With love and respect, James ‘Papa’ Hetfield.”

Please be careful and consider Hetfield’s advice. This is not the first time that scammers have tried to con Metallica fans. Below you will find other Metallica-related stories, as well as all the dates and locations associated with the band’s upcoming world tour.

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In 2023:

  • 4/27 – Amsterdam NL – Johan Cruijff Arena
    4/29 – Amsterdam NL – Johan Cruijff Arena
    5/17 – Paris FR – Stade de France
    5/19 – Paris FR – Stade de France
    5/26 – Hamburg DE – Volksparkstadion
    5/28 – Hamburg DE – Volksparkstadion
    6/16 – Gothenburg SE – Ullevi Stadium
    6/18 – Gothenburg SE – Ullevi Stadium
    8/4 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
    8/6 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
    8/11 – Montreal, Quebec – Stade Olympique
    8/13 – Montreal, Quebec – Stade Olympique
    8/18 – Arlington, TX- AT&T Stadium
    8/20 – Arlington, TX- AT&T Stadium
    8/25 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium
    8/27 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium
    9/1 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
    9/3 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium
    11/3 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome
    11/5 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome
    11/10 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
    11/12 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field

In 2024:

  • 5/24 – Munich DE – Olympiastadion
    5/26 – Munich DE – Olympiastadion
    6/7 – Helsinki FI – Olympic Stadium
    6/9 – Helsinki FI – Olympic Stadium
    6/14 – Copenhagen DK – Parken Stadium
    6/16 – Copenhagen DK – Parken Stadium
    7/5 – Warsaw PL – PGE Narodowy
    7/7 – Warsaw PL – PGE Narodowy
    7/12 – Madrid ES – Estadio Cívitas
    7/14 – Madrid ES – Estadio Cívitas
    8/2 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
    8/4 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
    8/9 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
    8/11 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
    8/16 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
    8/18 – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
    8/23 – Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth
    8/25 – Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth
    8/30 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
    9/1 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field
    9/20 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol
    9/22 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol
    9/27 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol
    9/29 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol