James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica and the throaty voice of my childhood rebellion, is now officially a crotchedy old man.
Marin County, California has to pay an additional $650,000 so they can build their new hiking trail around James Hetfield's border fence. He built the fence around his property in 2008 because he thought hikers were ruining his land.
The guy who sang "Am I evil, Yes I am" got upset because amateur naturalists and day-tripping families were traipsing over his daffodils.
I wonder if he ever ran outside and yelled, "Get off my property, dagnabbit," while waving his guitar in the air.
When Lars Ulrich rallied behind the whole anti-Napster campaign I was annoyed but I understood where he was coming from. Lars is still an ass but I got it. This is just dumb.
Life's been pretty damn good to James Hetfield. I know he's battled addictions, dealt with the loss of close friends and struggled to get to where he is but I think letting people pass through the periphery of his property on a summer afternoon is the least he could give back to the community, especially if it's going to cost that community an additional $650,000.
Hetfield and Metallica can do what they want. I'll stick with Dave Mustane. He's completely insane but at least he's consistent.
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