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An incredibly moving event amongst musicians took place on Friday to raise money for Metallica frontman James Hetfield's awesome organization, MusiCares MAP Fund - which provides access to addiction recovery for members of the music community.

James Hetfield began MAP Fund after battling is own long and dark journey with the number one slowest and most painful killer - addiction. Teary-eyed, he gave a speech that began with a moment of silence "for the people who didn't make it, that aren't with us, who could be and I think should be." Hetfield went on to talk about the rock myth of "sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll." "What a horrible statement to me," said Hetfield. "And to have those things attached to music, which is the best drug in the whole f' world, moves me like no other. And I thank God that I discovered that gift early on."

See, drugs and partying may be a fun deal initially but it takes a horrifying wrong turn and leads its victim into the darkest dungeon imaginable. Thus, the term, "sex, drugs and rock-n-roll," isn't quite what it is hyped up to be and anyone who has battled addiction knows exactly what Hetfield means! Joined with Alice in Chains guitarist, Jerry Cantrell and drummer, Sean Kinney, they played old songs from the band such as; "Would?" and "Them Bones" in tribute to the lead singer, Layne Staley who was found dead in his home on April 20, 2002.

Staley's addiction escalated in 1996 when his girlfriend, Demri Parrott died from bacterial endocarditis caused by drug use. At the beginning of 2002, Staley conducted an interview with author Adriana Rubio, where he talked about the damage caused by his heroin addiction: "I'm not using drugs to get high like many people think. I know I made a big mistake when I started using this sh**. It's a very difficult thing to explain. My liver is not functioning and I'm throwing up all the time.... The pain is more than you can handle. It's the worst pain in the world. Dope sick hurts the entire body."

Other performers at the event were Tom Waits, Velvet Revolver, Jason Mraz and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Dedicated to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," Velvet Revolver singer, Scott Weiland began singing old school Pink Floyd as well as songs belonging to grunge leader, Kurt Cobain.

Thanks to MAP MusiCares, none of these musicians died in vain. Instead, their deaths educate people on the seriousness of addiction and through Hetfield's survival story; he was able to put together a great cause that offers assistance to those musicians who desperately need help beating such a horrible disease.

At the end of the day, the event raised $300,000 dollars! Congrats to all of you! You all ROCK! Guests at the event included; the prince and princess of darkness (Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne - LOVE THEM), Motorhead frontman Lemmy, Red Hot Chili Peppers singer, Anthony Kiedis and many more.