Do you ever look at a setlist before a show, see “Enter Sandman,” and say, “Seriously, guys, not tonight.”
Kirk Hammett: There’s a certain amount of songs we know we have to play, because the audience expects us to play them, and songs we throw in because we feel like playing or get requests. The great thing about our music is most of it is really, really fun to play, and very dynamic, dynamic enough so that if we wanted to change part of a song or add a part, take out a part, it can pretty much survive that. When songs start to become a little tedious, what we’ll do is just change them, take parts out, add parts, or make it more dynamic, and that’s our way around getting around the whole boredom factor, which I think is a good approach, an honorable approach. There were times when the mention of “Seek and Destroy” would make me gag, but we started playing it in a heavier key, and now it sounds like a brand new song to me. We made the change six or seven years ago, and I love it all over again.
Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield talk about Metallica, a.k.a. “The Black Album,” which they are playing in full this weekend at the Orion Music + More Festival.
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