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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: “I don't believe we tour enough”


During an appearance on the 45th episode of “The Metallica Report”, the podcast offering weekly insider updates on all things METALLICAMETALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke about what it has been like to return to the road after taking a six-month break with the “M72” world tour. Kirk said: “I’m just happy to be out here and bringing the music to the people, man, like I always am. And I’m happy having the feeling of, like, METALLICA is a working, touring band, ’cause sometimes I miss that feeling, ’cause I don’t believe we tour enough. But that’s just how it is. So, what I can get out of this, I’m always up for it. It’s just, like, ‘Yeah, bring it on.’ ‘Cause this is what it’s all about, is playing guitar and writing, recording, going out on tour. It’s what it’s all about. And I don’t feel that there’s enough of it in my life right now.”

Asked if “M72” feels like a brand new tour after taking a six-month break from the road, Kirk said: “No, it doesn’t feel like a whole new thing. Walking out to see the stage yesterday (in Munich, Germany) for the first time in about six months or so, it just felt like a continuation. Everything looks super familiar — familiar stage, familiar monitors, familiar screens, familiar crew, familiar faces, familiar guitars, familiar songs. It’s really easy for me to spot right into place.”

Regarding his preparation for these shows, Hammett said: “It’s our normal thing. I hook up with Rob (METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo) during the day with final arrangements for the duets. And I’ll make sure I hop on a Peloton for about 20 minutes or so, ’cause I have knee issues, so that pedaling, I have to make sure my knee is nice and strong. And then once I get to the gig, I usually do my usual yoga thing. And my entire day is filled with sporadic guitar playing here and there.”

On the topic of his lifestyle right now in terms of health, Kirk said: “Well, I keep up on my pretty physically active lifestyle anyway. When I’m at home, I am continuously walking or biking, swimming. I can’t really run or do any surfing these days ’cause of aforementioned knee issue. But hopefully that’s just a transitional thing — I know it is a transitional thing. But going into this tour, I was totally ready for it and in shape, which is pretty remarkable considering that I have a lot of responsibility at home and whatnot. But I managed to get it all together miraculously — miraculously so. And so it was just, like, ‘Yeah, we’re going on tour. I’m ready.’ … I mean, let’s face it. I’m a musician. I’m a guitar player. And so it becomes a huge opportunity, ’cause I play my guitar every day — to be able to get paid for it, yeah, of course I’m gonna… ‘Cause I’m gonna be playing my guitar anyway. I might as well get paid for it. (Laughs)”

METALLICA‘s “M72” world tour launched in late April 2023 in Amsterdam. The trek sees the band playing two nights in every city it visits — with each “No Repeat Weekend” featuring two completely different setlists and support lineups. 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.


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.

According to Billboard, “72 Seasons” sold 146,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. It marks the band’s 12th Top 10-charting album, of which eight have reached the top two.

“72 Seasons” had the biggest week for any rock or hard rock album since TOOL‘s “Fear Inoculum” arrived in September 2019 with 270,000 equivalent album units.

“72 Seasons” was released on April 14 via METALLICA‘s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, it is METALLICA‘s first full-length collection of new material since “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”.

In the seven years since the arrival of “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”METALLICA has reissued some of its classic albums, released a second live album with the San Francisco Symphony, commissioned a covers album featuring the likes of GHOSTVOLBEATWEEZERCorey Taylor and THE HU, and landed on  the Billboard songs chart with “Master Of Puppets” after a prominent placement in the hit Netflix show “Stranger Things”.

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