Metallica-singer to leave the Bay Area because of ‘elitist’ attitude

James Hetfield of Metallica performs at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in Manhattan, New York, USA, 24 September, 2016.


Metallica’s James Hetfield is fed with the “elitist” San Francisco Bay area attitude. In a podcast with radio host Joe Rogan, he explains his reason for the move to Vail, Colorado.

“I was sick of the Bay Area, the attitude of the people there, a little bit,” he said. “They talk about how diverse they are, and things like that, and it is fine if you are diverse as them. But is shown with a deer, the bumper does not fly in Marin County. My form of eating organic does not vibe with them.”

The 53-year-old singer said in the Bay Area, he felt looked down on because “there was an elitist attitude that if you don’t like their way of politics, their environment, that everything, that you are looked down upon.”

He said that he is “at home” in the mountains of Vail as his wife, Francesca, grew up in the area. He said that he can feel “part of nature” when in Colorado and enjoy hunting, one of his favorite hobbies, with not so much judgment.

And although Hetfield will always have a love for San Francisco, the attitude was not good for him there.

“I love the ocean, and I love the Bay Area, I love what it has to offer, but there is only one stance that it was… It was not healthy for me,” he said. “[I was] starting to feel like I was just fighting, and I just had to get out of my own head. So Colorado is the place for me.”

The singer is in the process of developing four houses on his 40-hectare property.

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