An Evening with James Hetfield

I can cross something off my bucket list. I had the incredible opportunity to spend an evening with one of my childhood heroes… James Hetfield (lead singer of Metallica). On Thursday night we showed the documentary Absent and then had the producer, Justin Hunt (who goes to Central), and James here for a Q&A afterward.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet a handful of people who’s work has influenced me and I’ve been super impressed with most of them but extremely disappointed in a few. As a result, I try not to expect much out of these experiences so I don’t walk away frustrated. I’m proud to say that James is a class act and blew me away. He is a living story of redemption and it is fascinating to hear him talk about how his life is being transformed.

One of the coolest moments was when my Dad and I were able to tell James the story about one of the biggest arguments we ever had when I was growing up. When I was in Jr. High or so, I was big into Metallica’s music. My Dad told me that I needed to stop listening to it as it wouldn’t be good for me. I said that if he could ever trace bad behavior to their music then I would stop. He agreed (since he thought this was a totally lopsided bet).

I never had to stop listening to their music.

Storytime

Hearing my Dad tell that story to him was an unbelievable moment. Definitely one of my top 5 memories with my Dad. But James’ response blew me away. He seemed genuinely touched and stated that those kind of stories are why he was willing to do a documentary like this in the first place.

It was an awesome evening and I’m sure we’ll be hearing about it for awhile to come. I even got to do an interview with ABC15 but I have no idea if they showed it.

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan husband, father, executive pastor, and student of truth

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Dustin

about 3 years ago

That was an amazing night. I too was blown away by the humility, humbleness (if that's a word), and the down to earthness (another made up word) of James Hetfield. I especially loved the documentary and thought that it addressed a very significant issue that I have felt hasn't been talked about enough. Kudos for putting that evening together and using an opportunity to try and reach out and talk about an issue that severely needs to be addressed.

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jeremy

about 3 years ago

Thanks Dustin! Glad you liked it bro.

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Romi

about 3 years ago

Holy Hockey Sharks!! What a surreal and EPIC night!!! And Jeremy, the only thing that could have even made it better...is if you could have driven James in your Buick Beauty!! Am I right or what?!! All kidding aside...one of the most impressive things about James was his genuine authenticity and approachability on and off the stage!! Just an all round great guy!! Even more mind blowing is how God is using James to draw people that might not otherwise step foot into a church let alone hear about God from this Metal Icon!! And so cool you and your dad got to share that story....no accident that it has come full circle with James in the center of it!!

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jeremy

about 3 years ago

It is pretty crazy to try and wrap your mind around the whole thing.

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Zach Gibson

about 3 years ago

Great story about the argument. I'll call you this week, I want a little first hand experience!

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jeremy

about 3 years ago

Indeed!

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john chandler

about 3 years ago

Love it Jeremy. Please tell me someone got a picture of Perry with Hetfield.

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jeremy

about 3 years ago

I'm pretty sure he did actually.

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