Randy Blythe tells how James Hetfield helped him get sober and saved his life.
Since news that Metallica postponed the remainder of their tour in light of James Hetfield re-entering rehab, the rock and metal community has been showing their support of the frontman.
Lamb of God's Randy Blythe also shared his support, including how the Metallica frontman helped him get sober, ultimately saving his life.
"I got sober while we were on tour with Metallica almost 9 years ago. The first day of that run, one of my crew guys came to me and said “Hey, Hetfield’s looking for you”- we had been touring with them in the States & Europe for over a year and I was just RAGING, especially in Europe, but inside I was MISERABLE. He knew I had been trying to quit drinking, it wasn’t working for me anymore, and it all came to an end in Australia. A HUGE FACTOR in my willingness and ability to get sober while on f**king heavy metal tour was the fact that I had James and some of his crew who were also sober to talk to - I didn’t have to do it alone.
James and crew babied me through my first month of sobriety out there on the road - it was a heavy trip. I couldn’t have done it without them. When I saw the news about James today, I hurt so bad inside for him, because he was there for me when I was in such bad shape - I know how dark it can get. But it was also a very strong reminder for me of what I am, and what waits for me if I f**k up and forget I am alcoholic. If you’re an alcoholic, NO ONE IS IMMUNE, no matter how long you have been sober. James is in the right place right now, though, and as he has gone there of his own volition, it sounds like to me he wants sobriety back - and that is the key to it all, you have to want it. So my thoughts and prayers are with him - I love that dude. He literally helped SAVE MY LIFE."