METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett says that he has already accumulated more than five hundred ideas for the band’s follow-up to 2016’s ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’.
Hammet had lost his iPhone containing hundreds of riffs back in 2014, telling “The Jasta Show” podcast that he “was crushed” when it happened, but still expressed hope that it “might turn up.”
In an interview with British GQ magazine conducted before METALLICA’s October 24 concert in London, Hammett said he has learned from the experience. “I went through this whole thing a couple of years ago of losing my iPhone with five hundred ideas, and I still haven’t fully recovered from that,” he said (see video below). “And my way of recovering from that is overcompensating… On that phone was five hundred ideas, and I have about five hundred ideas now at this point, plus. I’m sitting on a lot of really… what I feel is really, really great music that is just waiting to be developed. Every day, I’m just picking up my guitar and then thinking about those lost ideas and then thinking, ‘I’ve gotta generate more ideas,’ in the hopes that maybe one or two of those old five hundred ideas that I lost might trickle through… Maybe it’ll find its way through, and I’ll go, ‘Oh, yeah! Eureka!’ It hasn’t happened yet. It hasn’t happened, though.”
Hammett did not receive credit on any of the songs on METALLICA’s last album, 2016’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”, however says he is very happy at how the effort turned out.