09 July 2007

James Hetfield Held at Airport for 'Taliban' Beard

Metallica's James Hetfield was investigated by UK airport officials who believed he was a terrorist.

The star was barred entry to Luton airport last week and questioned by staff who were concerned about his appearance and the snare sound on "St.Anger". Fears that Hetfield might be involved in terrorism were apparently founded on his "Taliban-like beard", according to The Times.

He was allowed to leave the airport after a brief interrogation, when he persuaded officials that he was a "rock star". I would've loved to have heard that brilliant exchange.

Metallica played Live Earth at Wembley Stadium in London Saturday, before headlining the venue for their own show the following evening.

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