METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has commented on his long-professed love of the wah-wah pedal

Speaking with Guitar World, Kirk said: “The wah enables me to mirror the inner voice in my head and in my heart. That’s what I’m hearing. All these manipulated notes and tones, because that’s what the human voice is like. We cycle through all these different tones and frequencies when we speak. When I step on that wah pedal and hear that click… well, I’m hearing that clicking in my brain and in my heart at the same time.”

Kirk admitted that he “can’t think of anybody who uses the wah pedal as much as I do,” yet dismissed the ongoing online criticism of his over-use of the effect, saying: “I don’t care what anyone fuckin’ says. If I feel like stepping on the wah pedal, I step on the fuckin’ wah pedal, because it brings me closer to what I’m hearing internally. And that’s the whole point of gear — to help bring the thing you hear internally out into the external world.”

72 Seasons” arrived April 14 via METALLICA‘s own Blackened Recordings.

In related news, METALLICA kicked off their “M72” world tour earlier tonight (Thursday, April 27) at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands. “M72” sees METALLICA playing two nights in every city they visit, with each “No Repeat Weekend” featuring two completely different setlists and support acts. The “M72” tour features a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed METALLICA Snake Pit to center stage, as well as the “I Disappear” full-tour pass and the debut of discounted tickets for fans under 16 years of age.

You can check out fan-filmed footage below.

METALLICA’s setlist for the April 27 “M72” kickoff concert at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands:

01. Orion
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Holier Than Thou
04. King Nothing
05. Lux Aeterna
06. Screaming Suicide (live debut)
07. Fade To Black
08. Sleepwalk My Life Away (live debut)
09. Nothing Else Matters
10. Sad But True
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Ride The Lightning
13. Battery
14. Fuel
15. Seek & Destroy
16. Master Of Puppets

METALLICA is visiting a total of 22 different cities around the world and playing two nights in each city.


METALLICA promises fans who purchase a two-day ticket that they won’t see the same song twice for a total of over 30 songs spanning the band’s 40-plus-year career.

Each weekend offers a variety of “Enhanced Experiences”, ranging from access to a meet-and-greet, production and stage tour, food and beverage in the “Black Box” lounge to early entry into the venue and the Snake Pit. The very popular “Black Laminate” is back, now known as the “I Disappear Ticket”, and is the ultimate pass for the fan who wants to run away with METALLICA for multiple weekends.

A single “I Disappear” ticket purchase gives you access to as many of METALLICA‘s 46 headlining tour dates across Europe and North America in 2023 and 2024 as you choose. You decide how many shows you’d like to attend around the world, and for how long, and METALLICA will make it as easy as possible.