Kirk Hammett says he’s playing better than ever since he stopped drinking – and now the Metallica guitarist can perform anything he wants to.
Hammett tells Guitar World (via Blabbermouth): “The whole mental preparation for this album was different. I used to wind myself up so much before I went into the studio, but I’m finally feeling much more comfortable in my abilities.
“I feel like I’ve turned another corner – I’ve reconnected with my instrument. I quit drinking, which changed things.
“On nights we had shows, I’d play the gig, go out afterwards and get drunk, then go back to my room and play for a couple hours.
“I still do that. But the big difference is I don’t drink any more, and I retain what I played the next day. These days I feel I can play anything that I really set my mind to, whether it’s Paganini or a jazz standard.
“It might take me a couple of weeks – but I can do it!”
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Hammett recently admitted he felt left out of the creative process during album sessions after losing a phone containing hundreds of riffs he’d planned to bring to the band. But he says that forced him to take on a new mindset for the new record.
“I didn’t work out anything before I walked into the studio,” he reports. “I just showed up and played. I wanted to capture a moment, keep it spontaneous and make it fresh, and see where it goes – because I’ve been guilty of overthinking.”
The band have added another date to their ever-expanding WorldWired 2017 tour. They’ll appear at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico, on March 1.
Meanwhile, they’ve released a live video of classic track Master Of Puppets, recorded in Guatemala earlier this month. The band have announced the November 18 release of a radio interview conducted by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, with details to be released in due course.
Metallica tour dates 2016-17 so far
Nov 18: London House Of Vans, UK
Dec 17: Oakland Fox Theater, CA
Jan 11: Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome, South Korea
Jan 18: Beijing Le Sports Centre, China
Jan 20: Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo, China
Jan 22: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
Feb 03: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 05: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 07: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Feb 09: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Mar 25-26: Sao Paulo Interlagos Racetrack, Brazil
Mar 01: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico
Mar 31-Apr 01: Buenos Aires Hippodrome San Isidro, Argentina
Apr 01-02: Santiago Parque O’Higgins, Chile
Metallica Hardwired… To Self Destruct tracklist
- Atlas, Rise!
- Now That We’re Dead
- Moth Into Flame
- Dream No More
- Halo On Fire
- Here Comes Revenge
- Am I Savage?
- Murder One
- Spit Out the Bone