April Fools Joke
Before he joined Metallica, Kirk Hammett was the guitarist for the band Exodus. When he first received the phone call about auditioning for Metallica he was in shock and figured it was just his friend playing a cruel April Fool’s joke on him. However, a few days later he received a follow up call and realized it was serious, and the rest is history. In 2003 Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
It’s quite easy to fall into the apologist camp when it comes to ‘defending’ Metallica against the mainstream opinion of them as waning rockstars, but try thinking of a band who play music as taxing and varied as Metallica’s, yet who can still deliver after 30 years. There’s not many, if any, and those that are still going are almost unanimously doing it for reasons other than the love of performing.