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Metallica’s James Hetfield on Guns N’ Roses

"I thought we took a long time to make an album," the frontman jokes. Click here for Hetfield's thoughts on Chinese Democracy and Axl Rose.

William Goodman // November 19, 2008

This Sunday, November 23, fans’ 15-year wait for Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy will finally come to an end. But there’s one particular fan — and former touring partner — who’s “not losing sleep waiting” for its arrival: Metallica’s James Hetfield.

“I thought we took a long time to make an album,” Hetfield joked to The Houston Chronicle, “but you know he’s late for everything, so it makes total sense.” [Via NME.com]

However, when Hetfield finally scores of copy of the much-anticipated record he’ll “certainly listen to it,” he says, a decision likely imbued by Rose’s knack for leading a band.

“He’s a good frontman.” Hetfield said of Rose. “He’s eccentric, but all artists are. If they don’t show that they’re quirky, they’re lying to you. They’re either pretending they’re not or they’re pretending they’re an artist.”