As you know, there is no guitar solo on Metallica’s St Anger album. Speaking in an interview with Metal Hammer, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett explains his thoughts about absence of solos on St. Anger album. He said:

“I guess it was appropriate for the time, but looking back, it doesn’t seem so appropriate to me now!

I will always object to that, but I think the message was driven home after that album, that solos are needed in Metallica! People look forward to hearing them. So for me there was a weird vindication.”

Kirk Hammett also talked about the future of guitar in general, also touching on Gibson’s bankruptcy, saying:

“I don’t know what the fuck it is, but people seem to be seeing the guitar in a different light and passing them up for fucking samplers and whatnot. Maybe it’s a sign of the times.

Like all instruments, there’s a time when it goes out of fashion. In the early ’80s, the guitar wasn’t as popular as it became again in the mid-’80s, so we’ll see what happens as far as enthusiasm is concerned with the actual act of making music with a guitar. It’s sad news to me, but I hope Gibson prevail. They have in the past.”

Click here to entire interview.