things that happened last night
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.
HEY IS ANYONE GOING TO BE IN ATLANTIC CITY BECAUSE I AM
What did the narrator in the song “Ride the Lightning” do to end up on death row?
James Hetfield: It must have been pretty bad if he was in that chair. It came from living in the Bay Area, hearing about the death penalty in California. And it was kind of a big deal, being near San Quentin. There was no real character, it was fictitious. It had to be something real bad. I think he stole music online.
As a preview for this weekend’s Orion Music + More Festival, put together by Metallica, Chris Steffen talked to James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett about the two albums the thrash titans are playing in full—Ride the Lightning and Metallica (aka The Black Album.) Their chat about Ride The Lightning is up today. (via sotc-nyc)
“what happened yesterday is long gone, what’s happening right now is what matters”
If you squint you can maybe see me in this video.
there’s a call-in segment i think.