In an interview for Louder Sound, Metallica‘s legendary lead guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed the details of his departure from Exodus and admitted he felt guilty about the way he left them.
The iconic guitarist of Metallica, Kirk Hammett, previously formed the band Exodus in 1979 while he was only 16 years old. Later in 1983, following the dismissal of their lead guitarist Dave Mustaine due to his substance abuse, Metallica asked Kirk Hammett to join the band.
During a recent conversation with Louder Sound, Kirk Hammett remembered his memories with Exodus and revealed how he felt about the way he left the band. Apparently, Kirk left Exodus in an unexpected time which made the other band members pissed off about it.
Initially in the interview, Kirk explained what motivated him to form Exodus in the first place:
“As a kid growing up in the late ’70s, I was just looking for the hardest thing I could find. I was way into UFO and Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy, and I had recently discovered the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and this stuff that was going on in Europe.
I gravitated to it. I started playing those songs, and my guitar style started to incorporate facets of what all those bands were doing.
And so when I formed Exodus and I started jamming with Tom Hunting, I turned him onto all these bands and said, ‘This is what we’ve got to do – we’ve got to do something like this.'”
Furthermore, Hammett talked about how his bandmates from Exodus reacted to the news of him joining Metallica when they first heard about it:
“I told the guys in Exodus and they were pissed. They were pissed. I remember Paul Baloff was so pissed that he poured a beer over my head.
“He said, ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this, Kirk,’ then poured his beer over my head. I just took it, ‘Yeah, yeah, I know…'”
Additionally, Metallica’s iconic guitarist revealed whether he had been feeling guilty about leaving Exodus:
“Oh yeah. But, you know, I also left a lot of music with those guys. A lot of the music I wrote ended up on that first album, and they recorded some other songs that never made it.
“I never said anything because of the way I left them. I always had guilty feelings about that. Well, not anymore…”
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