METALLICA's HAMMETT Says He's Having The Time Of His Life On The Road

November 19, 2004

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has spoken to The Salt Lake Tribune about the fact that the group are less than two weeks away from the end of a 17-month tour in support of their "St. Anger" album.

"In the overall scheme of things, it's a decent METALLICA tour," Hammett said. "But we've definitely done longer."

"I'm having the time of my life out here without killing myself slowly," Hammett continued, describing how this tour differs from past jaunts. "On past tours, I spent a lot of my time in a slow self-destruction. Self-destruction on the installment plan. This is a much more clear, more responsible, more mature tour, and I'll be able to remember most of it."

When Hammett called The Salt Lake Tribune, he had been working with new bassist Robert Trujillo on "The Call of Ktulu", a song from 1984's "Ride the Lightning" album METALLICA wanted to add to their set before tour's end.

"It's a bit of a challenge for us, to keep us on our toes, to keep our chops up and reconnect with the old music," Hammett said. "On previous tours, you have the tendency to just play the set list and then all of the sudden, at the end of the tour, those are the only songs you know and remember.

"Everyone benefits. The audiences love it. We have a contingency of fans who follow us around and they're thrilled by it because they don't know what to expect. It's a different show every night." Read more.

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