April 22, 2015


Kirk Hammett Lost His Phone (And, Whoops, 250 Metallica Riffs)

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Mark Horton/Getty Images

Metallica might be lightning-riding gods of thrash, but lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is still very much a mortal, 52-year-old-and-only-getting-older man. On Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta's podcast, it came out that Hammett lost an iPhone stocked with 250 "musical ideas." Check it out, via Blabbermouth:

"I put riffs on my iPhone, but something very unfortunate happened to me about six months ago. I lost my iPhone [containing] 250 musical ideas. And I was crushed. It didn't get backed up. And when it happened, I was bummed out for about two or three days. I walked into the house. My wife saw me and she said, 'Uh-oh, what's wrong? Did you get a phone call from a relative?' I said, 'No.' She said, 'What's going on?' I told her, and she understood.

I lost [the phone]. I just plain lost it. I can't find it. I'm still looking for it to this day. I just set it somewhere and… It still might turn up. I'm hoping it will. To try to remember those riffs…? I can only remember, like, eight of 'em. So I just chalked it down to maybe it just wasn't meant to be and I'll just move forward with it."

Ah, the ol' "it wasn't meant to be." Hope Lars and James are cool with that, hombre.

Incidentally, Exodus guitarist (and newish Slayer shredder) Gary Holt recently told Fuse he records his ideas on his phone as well:

"I might have some song titles that I like or lyrical ideas but it starts with the riff. Everybody nowadays sits at home and demos all this stuff on Pro Tools and I don't do that. I've only stepped up from the four-track tape recorder to riffs on my iPhone. I just record them so I don't forget them."

In Hammett's interview, he went on to say music is constantly swirling in his head and he struggles—and seems to enjoy the struggle—to hang onto all the good stuff. He also insists that his fellow musicians back their shit up.

There's more in the interview, stuff about Metallica's still-in-progress 10th album, their first since 2008's Death Magnetic. (If you don't count Lulu. And apparently David Bowie is the only one who does.) There's also talk about internet-haters, which, c'mon, were basically invented for the prototypical "sellout" band that went on to torpedo the first great music-sharing program the world ever latched onto.

Anyway—go listen at Jasta's site if you're down to hear the pain in Kirk's voice when he tells the tale of the phone.

(Napster forever.)