As you know, Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett did not make any contributions to “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” album. Hammett claimed that he lost his phone included full of riff ideas.

James Hetfield spoke in an inerview with Meltdown Podcast and explained his thoughts about Kirk Hammett’s “lost phone story”. He said (transcribed by UG):

“That’s what he claims. I’m sure he did, but it doesn’t make sense that he wouldn’t have them on his computer, either. But, whatever…

Yeah, Kirk had some riffs that he… I guess submitted – it’s not a very nice word to be used if you’re in a band.

But you know, we all submit our tapes, and we sit there and we listen to them and we pick the best stuff.

There was not much stuff from Kirk. Whether his phone was lost, or whatever…”

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