FOLLOW JAMES, KIRK & ESP GUITARS THROUGH THE NEVER
FEW BANDS ARE ETERNAL. METALLICA IS ONE OF THEM.
Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield are two of the most influential musicians in rock history, having launched not just a band, but arguably, the entire genre of thrash metal. Their 30-year career has seen countless achievements—nine Grammy Awards, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Black Album (one of the best-selling albums of all time) and the release of a documentary and major motion picture—and they’re not through yet. Hammett and Hetfield are incessantly driven by one simple, honest truth: making music makes them happy.
“I feel good when I write music—it’s as simple as that,” says Hetfield, spending his morning at Guitar Center San Francisco. “Musically, I think all of us love playing music, and that’s the thing—that’s gotta be a part of our lives. And why would we not play it together, ’cause together we create some great stuff.” Hammett adds, “I just want to get better. I still just want to get better … you hear a lot about how people go on about, you know, how certain artists have their creative peaks and whatnot, and they peak and then it’s all downhill and somewhat expected, blah, blah, blah—I don’t believe in that, man. I don’t believe in any of that [stuff].”