The iconic guitarist of Metallica and former Exodus star Kirk Hammett recently interviewed by Metal Hammer and revealed how did he feel after leaving Exodus to join Metallica as a lead guitarist.
As you might check out the conversation below, Kirk admitted that he was not comfortable with this huge decision for a long time. Kirk also exposed an untold story of how he used riffs he wrote earlier for a Metallica track.
Here is what he said:
“They came from songs I had written, the music I had written. I consider them my parts. I didn’t feel guilty about that, but I did feel guilty about leaving the band I started in high school.
I’ve known Tom Hunting since I was 16 years old, I’ve known Gary Holt since I was 17. We’re all close to this day, but there was a lot of guilt there for a while.
A little bit of remorse. But I really felt that Metallica was my calling. I felt more comfortable playing in Metallica than I ever did in Exodus, so go figure.”
And here is what he told about leaving the Exodus, which he was the founding member of it:
“I formed Exodus when I was 15 or 16 years old, and by the time when I was 20 years old we had been going through some personnel changes.
There were some issues between me and the other guys in the band. They started doing different drugs than I was doing. It opened up a divide, and then the invitation to come join Metallica came and I jumped at it. Things weren’t so great in Exodus at that point, but they fixed themselves and they got it together after I left.
And secondly, I kind of recognized after seeing Metallica that I would probably be better playing with them. I actually got that.”
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