Kirk Hammett, the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter of Metallica, has recalled the day he met with the Pink Floyd legend, David Gilmour, while performing at the London Palladium as part of the Peter Green Tribute concert.
During the latest interview he gave to So What, the iconic guitarist Kirk Hammett has talked about one of the first grand events of this year, the Peter Green Tribute show, which was held on February 25, 2020, with the contributions of countless of landmark musicians in the rock genre.
While remembering the spectacular day, when he played the show with his Gibson Greenie Les Paul, previously owned by Green himself, Hammett said it felt like validation from a bunch of musicians who were the first part of his inspiration.
Through the invitation of Mick Fleetwood, Kirk Hammett said he found the chance to perform with such musical giants and sit there with people like Billy Gibbons, Dave Gilmour, John Mayall, and Steven Tyler.
When he was asked about how it went to meet with the British icon, David Gilmour, Hammett explained that Gilmour was a very gracious guy, a gentleman. He also mentioned that they spoke of equipment and gear.
At the beginning of this year, the legendary drummer, Mick Fleetwood enlisted an all-star cast for a one-of-a-kind concert honoring the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder, Peter Green.
The bill included Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, Noel Gallagher, Pete Townshend, Neil Finn, Kirk Hammett and many more.
Fleetwood, who curated the list of artists performing, said the concert is a celebration of those early blues days where they all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music.
Here’s what Kirk Hammett said about David Gilmour:
“He was a very gracious guy, a gentleman. I saw him the next day and he goes, ‘Hey, how you doing, Kirk?’ And that in itself was like, ‘Alright, he actually acknowledged me two days in a row!'”
When asked if he said something awkward during his conversation with Gilmour, Hammett answered:
“No. You know, my safe thing, my safe approach to exactly that, is I’ll start talking about equipment and gear.
And so I started talking to him about his amp, you know? And what was amazing was that every time he played, it went from playing a Fleetwood Mac song to all of a sudden Pink Floyd. Holy shit! Pink Floyd is in the room.
Every time he played that guitar, man, it was as if we were in 1974 on the Pink Floyd ‘Dark Side of the Moon‘ tour. It was crazy. His guitar sound is so distinctive that everything it touches, you know, it’s reminiscent of Pink Floyd.”