It's 9 a.m. and James Hetfield is on his way to the recording studio where his band, Metallica, is working with producer Rick Rubin on a new album. Five years ago, Hetfield would not have been awake o

It's 9 a.m. and James Hetfield is on his way to the recording studio where his band, Metallica, is working with producer Rick Rubin on a new album. Five years ago, Hetfield would not have been awake or sober enough to get into the studio so early in the morning. "I would have been going to bed at 9 a.m., not going to work," he says. Things have changed for Hetfield. He is sober, creative, and on May 12 he will receive an honor he says he is more proud of than any career achievement.