By seeing making-of videos of the new Metallica's album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, Kirk Hammett didn't seem to help at all in the making. He appeared in the studio only for his solos and they never appeared together discussing the album.

Why is that? Isn't Kirk inspired anymore? Is the relationship between them ok?

  • Hi. Do you have a link to this video? Or just this moment you are talking about?
    – Bebs
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 19:48
  • If you go to MetallicaTV youtube channel, there are a lot of recent making-of's for the new album, in almost all of them Kirk only appear for the solos... Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 19:49

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I just found out that the reason he didn't contribute too much for the album was because ge lost his phone containing more than 250 riffs. I found that a little BS but here's what he says:

“Let’s just say it’s like, the reverberations for me, the consequences of losing my cell phone have been immense. I mean, it doesn’t matter who you are or what type of person you are, I think losing your cell phone is traumatic for anyone. And I mean, okay, I lost my phone, I lost a lot of music, but I mean, people lose cell phones, they lose all their personal information, you know? I’m kind of a technological sloth. It took me losing my iPhone to figure out that I can back it up to the iCloud. And the ironic thing about that is, the guy who invented the cloud is my next-door neighbor (laughs).”

And then he talks about the riffs he lost:

“Let me tell you this. I had about, I don’t know, 450 entries in there, which means there were about 250, 300 riffs, because a lot of times I’ll write different versions of the same riff. And when I lost my phone, I could only recall about four riffs. So I’ve closed the book on that (laughs). And, you know, I’m sitting on some music—now!—that I’m happy about. I’m just waiting, waiting for an opportunity, you know, where it can grow.

  • Oh, man. That is ridiculous, isn't that? Must be some sort of a terrible joke. Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 4:16

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