Members of Metallica Say Fatherhood Changed Their Outlook

08/31/2008 at 02:00 PM ET
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Times have definitely changed for the members of Metallica. As they prepare for the release of their new album Death Magnetic, the members of the band — Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and newcomer Rob Trujillo — say their music is no longer fueled by fast times, but is instead fueled by family. "It’s powerful music," Rob says, "and I have to say, my inspiration this time is my kids. I have a 2-year-old and a 5-week-old." Lars agrees, telling the LA Times that the bond of fatherhood — which each member shares — has unified the group. He adds,

"That gives us more common ground and patience. Changing diapers changes your outlook."

It seems that, for some of the Metallica children, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. Lars’ 10-year-old son Myles "loves" the game Guitar Hero, and although Lars is a drummer, father and son share similar musical tastes. "He’s digging on Sabbath and Deep Purple and all the music I loved as a kid," Lars said.

In addition to Myles, Lars is dad to a 7-year-old son, Layne, with his ex-wife Skylar Satenstein and 15-month-old Bryce Thadeus with girlfriend Connie Nielsen. James is dad to daughters Cali Tee, 10, and Marcella Francesca, 6, as well as a son, Castor Virgil, 8, with wife Francesca Tomasi. Kirk has two sons, 22-month-old Angel Ray Keala and 9-week-old Vincenzo Kainalu with wife Lani. Rob has a 2-year-old son, Tai Orion, and an infant daughter, Lula, with wife Chloé Barthélémy.

Death Magnetic is due in stores Sept. 12.

Source: LA Times

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molly on

Great to see another post on dads. Dads definitely dont have an easy life here !! we went to the restaurant yesterday and a friend of ours wanted to change his daughter’s diaper. There are no changing tables in the men’s room !! How do the single fathers do this, do they avoid the restaurants? Dont change the diapers? Do they email the restaurants management afterwards? Do they go to the ladies rooms? Who assumed that men dont need to change the baby dipaers? No wonder the society has so much prejudices towards the (single) fathers.

Amme on

How close together were Bryce and Lula born??

Bella on

woohoo a metallica post!!
i have to point out some mistakes though. Lars’ girlfriend is named Connie NielsEn (no O). James daughter is named CALI Tee, and I don’t know when the interview was done but Rob’s son TYE-ORION was born in 2004 and his daughter in 2006 (and I think her named is spelled Lulla but I’m not sure).

Louise on

wow,never realised they had so many kids between them! cool.

loving the celeb dad focus – please can we have more Rossdale/Grohl stuff too…pleeease! x

Carina on

All their kids are absolutely gorgeous, I love the Metallica families!