In a recent appearance for Gibson Icons, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett talked about the band’s iconic self-titled album and revealed how he ended up losing his expensive car in a bet over their song, ‘Enter Sandman.’
As you may recall, the legendary thrash metal band Metallica released their fifth studio album, ‘Metallica,’ on August 12, 1991. The band’s self-titled album, also widely known as ‘The Black Album,’ became their best-selling album and reached #1 on the 200 Billboard Charts.
However, a recent appearance of Kirk Hammett on Gibson Icons revealed unknown stories regarding the time of the iconic Metallica album’s release. During the interview, Hammett mentioned that the song titled ‘Enter Sandman’ has actually never struck him as being a hit song, unlike the popular opinion.
Moreover, Kirk Hammett revealed that he had a bet with Metallica’s tour manager who claimed that ‘The Black Album’ was going to sell six million by that date. Apparently, Kirk was certain that the album wouldn’t be a success, he offered to give his Porsche 911 Carrera to their tour manager if the album became that successful. As as we all know now, that the album turned out to be a huge success which caused Hammett to lose his sports car.
Here is what Kirk Hammett stated about losing his car to their tour manager:
“‘Enter Sandman’ never struck me as being a hit song. None of those songs ever struck me as being hit songs. They struck me as being just really good, concise songs with great periods of heaviness and great periods of melody.
And when the album just started selling the way it did, I could not believe it. And I even had a bet with our tour manager. He said, ‘It’s gonna sell six million by this date.’
And I was, like, ‘I’ll give you my Porsche 911 Carrera if that happens.’ And guess what? It happened. And guess what? I had to give him my Porsche 911 Carrera.“
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