On Reddit, a Metallica fan claimed that he recently met James Hetfield in Scottsdale. Fan says, James is indeed not into photos. Here is the fans noted:
“Met James today. Walked into where I was having lunch in Scottsdale. No idea what he’s doing there. Shook his hand. 10/10 would meet again.
I guess I should be more amped, but it honestly seemed like he didn’t want to be bothered. It was before he sat down – he was just standing waiting for his order and it was sort of an awkward encounter.
PROTIP: Don’t ask him to take a picture – he says he doesn’t do that. Fine by me. Doesn’t matter though – I met James Hetfield.”
So, why James Hetfield doesn’t take photos with his fans. Last month, James was recently interviewed by Nikkie Six’s radio program “Sixx Sence”. Papa Het recently noted about meeting and take photos fans in public (transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar):
“I really used to get freaked out that I would piss somebody off.
I used to get so worried that if I say ‘No. My kids are here, I’m enjoying a family moment,’ that they’ll turn around and say, ‘You’re a dick! What a rock star!’ I was so worried about that.
I don’t do photos, I don’t sign, I will shake your hand and I’ll talk with you for five minutes. I’d rather do that and leave that kind of impression than someone just stealing a little piece of your privacy.“
According to this interview, James Hetfield has no trouble with meeting Metallica fans, he’s simply not into taking photos and giving sign. He is almost no photos with fans. If you met him, don’t want to take photo with him.