Kirk Hammett reveals what he does before joined the famous thrash metal band to Metallica. We know Hammett was the co-founding guitarist with the Exodus band.
In this new and latest interview with Metal Hammer, he also shares his opinions before joined the band. They’re leading the who also did more than anyone to kick-start the Bay Area thrash metal scene. Before Kirk Hammett was poached by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. The band start of the following year to replace the Dave Mustaine with him. He just revealed some details about his Exodus days and after Metallica days.
Kirk Hammett answered some interview questions like “What were your first impressions of them?”:
“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, but I thought, ‘These guys are great, but they’d be so much better with me.’ Around that time, Exodus was going through some personnel changes. We just got rid of the previous bass player and brought another bass player in, and it was a different dynamic within the band. We weren’t rehearsing for some reason or another – I don’t know, maybe Paul Baloff was off doing something. Also, we were kind of going through a hiatus when I joined Metallica.”
Then he replied, “Where were you when you get the phone call to join Metallica?”:
“It was April 1st, April Fool’s Day, and I was sitting on the toilet. I got the call from (Metallica sound engineer) Mark Whittaker, and after I hung up, I was like, ‘I can’t believe I just got that phone call. Was that an April Fool’s Day prank?’ A couple of days later I got this tape from them, but I already had the demo and I already knew two-thirds of the songs on there.
“I told the guys in Exodus and they were pissed. They were pissed. I remember Paul Baloff was so pissed that he poured a beer over my head. He said, ‘[angry-hurt voice] I can’t believe you’re doing this Kirk’, then poured his beer over my head. I just took it, ‘Yeah, yeah, I know…’ ”
He also added about “Did you feel guilty about leaving a band you’d started?”
“Of course. But, you know, I also left a lot of music with those guys. A lot of the music I wrote ended up on that first album [1985’s Bonded By Blood], and they recorded some other songs that never made it. I never said anything because of the way I left them. I always had guilty feelings about that. Well, not any more…”
You can listen to the Kirk Hammett “1982 Demo” with the Exodus below.