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Metallica singer detained at airport

July 9, 2007 at 4:58 PM

LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- James Hetfield, front man for heavy metal band Metallica, was detained at a British airport ahead of performing at the Live Earth concert because of his beard.

The U.S. rocker apparently was detained by security officials for what his friends said was a "Taliban-like beard," the Times of London reported Monday.

After questioning, he was released. Metallica played at Wembley Stadium in London, one of several venues around the world in Saturday's Live Earth concert to raise awareness of global warming.

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