thanks for that I love me some Metallica too.. love james, though my fav was Jason. Wow I say go James. He seems so different now.Lars isn't very macho, and James has admitted that he shagged anything in their groupie hey-days, while Kirk and Lars were off doing coke.
Also, he takes his sobriety very seriously these days, so I can see him going to such (IMO slightly ridiculous) lengths to keep all of his addictions under control. Apparently now Metallica do not have ANY alcohol backstage, at all, despite the fact that James is the only one who is strictly 100% sober.
Also, one of the things which Metallica didn't bring to the surface in Some Kind of Monster but have alluded to in interviews since (such as the Q "monsters of rock" cover interview last year sometime) was that one of the real sources of tension between the band when Hetfield got out of rehab was that he was starting to be really honest with Fransceca (his wife) about what he'd been doing for the past 20-30 years - and wasn't censoring any stories to protect ANYONE. Including his own bandmates. I think what he said in that interview was "the water got VERY murky at that point" - I'm at work so I don't have it with me.
(Oh - should probably declare at this point, I'm a MASSIVE Metallica fan!)
Now, what facts do we know?
- 2002 - Hetfield goes to rehab, gets sober for the first time in years, starts a very painful process of being honest in his life, band gets a bit wobbly.
- According to SKOM, this was all just because of the things revealed in that movie
- despite having recently had a kid together, Lars and Skylar divorced sometime soon after the release of St Anger
What's my guess?
James was telling Fransesca all about their groupie shenanigans, and some of it got back to Skylar, who cracked the shits completely. I think all of the Metalli-wives would've been aware that the boys indulged in plenty of groupies back in their younger days, but the impression I get is that none of them were overly impressed when James started pointing out that it wasn't all in the past, it was still going