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Kirk Hammett on Streaming: “We Told You So…”

Metallica have worked very hard to come back from the image they projected by fighting against Napster in the early 2000s.

The metal titans’ crusade against the forefather of music-sharing services felt like a slap in the face to the fans they’d constantly encouraged to bootleg and tape-trade their material, and seemed to put their bottom line ahead of new listeners’ ability to obtain music. But since then, Metallica have supported up-and-coming artists while publicly giving tons of money to charity, while the public opinion of music-sharing has shifted dramatically due to the low royalty rates of big streaming services like Spotify. Now, in a new interview, guitarist Kirk Hammett has come out basically saying ‘I told you so’ to the masses.

The interviewer, who speaks to Kirk for Classic Rock, kinda feeds right into Kirk’s response with their question:

Classic Rock launched just before Napster came along in 1999, and the music industry started to change. Metallica were one of the big names fighting against peer-to-peer file sharing, which morphed into the streaming model that prevails today. 

We warned everyone that this was gonna happen. We warned everyone that the music industry was gonna lose eighty percent of its net worth, power and influence. When these monumental shifts come you just either fucking rattle the cage and get nothing done or you move forward. 

There’s definitely a new way for getting music out there, but it isn’t as effective as the music industry pre-Napster. But we’re stuck with it. There needs to be some sort of midway point where the two come together, or another completely new model comes in.

There you have it, what goes around comes around, and now that streaming is no longer the technological darling it once seemed to be, Metallica were right all along.

Kirk Hammett Butchers “Nothing Else Matters”, Laughs at His Own Screw-Up

Whatever job we have, we all fuck up at some point. even the guitarist for the biggest heavy metal band of all time does at some point.

What really matters is how you deal with this fuck up, how you own it then move forward, rather than fight it.

This is exactly what Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett did at the Boston Calling festival this weekend, where he totally butchered the intro to a song he’s played a million times, and at least had the good humour to laugh at how hard he dropped the ball.

As you’ll see in the fan-shot video below, Kirk started off Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” on Sunday, May 29th, at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts, with a little flourish from “More Than a Feeling” by Boston (because of the fest). However, when it came time to play his own song, Kirk straight-up screwed the pooch, prompting him to fall to his knees and then flop onto his back in exasperation. The dude then got up with a big grin on his face and told the crowd, “Sorry, guys, you’re so kickass…I got distracted by how kickass you are!” Then he tried again, and the band played the song.

Some part of us wants to criticise Kirk for messing up a track he’s played countless   times in his life. Something about a big crowd, owing the fans, yadda yadda yadda. But honestly, this incident just makes him look very endearing. Metallica ONLY play to big crowds, so it’s inevitable that they’re going to have minor fuck-ups in front of thousands and thousands of people. Least they can do is chuckle about it and apologise.

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