METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett says that losing his phone with hundreds of riff ideas for the band’s new album was a “devastating” experience.
Hammett‘s iPhone containing about “250 musical ideas” went missing in 2014. About six months later, he told “The Jasta Show” podcast that he “was crushed” when it happened, but still expressed hope that it “might turn up.”
Now, in a brand new interview with Seattle’s KISW 99.9 radio station to promote METALLICA‘s upcoming tenth studio album, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”, Kirk spoke about how the incident affected the making of the new record. He said (hear audio below): “[Losing the phone] was devastating for me. Let’s just say that I had to start at zero again while everyone else [in the band] had material for songs. By the time I got a few ideas flowing and kind of formed, most of the songs were already written. I had to think to myself, ‘Okay, I have stuff, but it looks like it’s gonna probably make it on to the next album.'”
Despite the setback, Hammett said that he was pleased with how “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” turned out.
“The songs on this album came together over a period of time — about a year and a half — and they’re totally groove-oriented, songs that are kind of a natural progression from ‘Death Magnetic’, but more groove-oriented, not as progressive as ‘Death Magnetic’,” he said.