The lead guitarist of the legendary band Metallica and also a member of the band for almost forty years, Kirk Hammett, was the latest interview guest of Guitar World’s Richard Bienstock and talked about the days Metallica and Rock & Roll were seen as dinosaur music.
As you might already know, Metallica has released their live album, ‘S&M,’ with The San Fransisco Symphony more than 20 years ago which was recorded on April 21 and 22, 1999. In 2019, the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of the album with two concerts on September 6 and 8 at the Chase Center and the album got many 10/10 reviews from the music authorities in the industry.
In his latest interview with Guitar World, Metallica guitarist has talked about the current status of the industry and how rock music will roar back in near future. He also shared his thoughts on the musicians who became famous for just 15 minutes.
Here is what Kirk Hammett said:
“I’m not a musical snob, and I don’t want to talk shit about other genres of music, but I will say that guitar has taken a huge backseat and it’s really not as popular as it used to be.
And that’s fine. I’ve been in this place before – in the early ’80s it was all synths and New Wave and whatnot, but then guitar came roaring back with a vengeance.”
Guitar World asked:
“That’s true; when Metallica first came out, a lot of rock music was seen as dinosaur music.”
Kirk Hammett responded:
“Exactly. So I’m hoping it’ll roar back. Because nowadays it’s easier to learn how to play guitar than ever before. The resources are right at your fingertips. It’s a phone away, you know?
I think the guitar hero is a dying breed. The new generation, there’s so many good players that it’s hard to pick out a hero because they’re all kind of guitar heroes in their own right. But a lot of times it’s just great musical gymnastics.
All guitar heroes are judged by one thing and one thing only – the song they’re playing. You can be the most ripping guitar player, but if your songs fucking suck or are boring or just flat, people are going to be impressed for about 15 minutes.
And then they’re going to check their Instagram, see what other guitar players put up.”
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