Metallica frontman James Hetfield is selling his impressive Arizona land.
TMZ obtained new legal documents belonging to Hetfield. He purchased 20 acres of vacant land near the Mexico border back in 1998. The Metallica singer has been involved in Pima County, as his Metallica Scholars Initiative recently donated $100k to the local Pima Community College.
Hetfield sold the vacant land for $1.2 million. The new owner is Rosemont Copper Company who paid him for the full asking price.
This isn’t the first time that Hetfield has invested in land. Back in 1999, the family purchased 1,150 acres of land in Lucas Valley. Over the years, the family donated land to the conservation easement. They first donated 440 acres in 2005 and then 320 acres in 2009. Finally, they donated another 240 acres in late 2009.
The local Marin County Board of Supervisors created a deal to take the family’s land as protected farmland. They did this under the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). The Hetfields keep ownership of the land but the land itself is preserved as “ranching land.”
“Our family is very happy to work with MCOSD and MALT on re-establishing agriculture and maintaining the scenic corridor of the ranch. We believe this is a huge community benefit, and one of our goals is to keep agriculture on the ranch for a very long time,” the Hetfield family said in a press release.
Back in 2016, the Metallica rocker spoke about his big move from the Bay Area in San Fransisco. The band was based there or over 35 years. He moved his family to Vail, Colorado apparently because of the neighbors. In an interview on the Joe Rogan Experience he discussed the big move.
“I kind of got sick of the Bay Area, the attitudes of the people there, a little bit,” he admitted. “They talk about how diverse they are, and things like that, and it’s fine if you’re diverse like them. But showing up with a deer on the bumper doesn’t fly in Marin County. My form of eating organic doesn’t vibe with theirs.”
He added that he may have made it up in his head slightly. Hetfield noted that he’s really creative and can even start fights with himself in his head. But he still felt an “elitist attitude.”
“I love the Bay Area. I love what it’s got to offer, but there’s just an attitude that… it wasn’t healthy for me,” he said. “[It was] starting to feel like, uh, I was just fighting all the time.”