It's been more than seven years since Metallica last released a studio album.
A return to form of sorts, 'Death Magnetic' was followed by a titanic world tour and then... nothing. In a new interview, Kirk Hammett may just have revealed what is holding the band up.
Speaking to the Jasta Show, the guitarist explained that he released lost his phone – and along with it, some 180 riffs.
“I put riffs on my iPhone, but something very unfortunate happened to me about six months ago. I lost my iPhone [containing] two hundred and fifty musical ideas. And I was crushed. It didn’t get backed up. And when it happened, I was bummed out for about two or three days. I walked into the house. My wife saw me and she said, ‘Uh-oh, what’s wrong? Did you get a phone call from a relative?’ I said, ‘No.’ She said, ‘What’s going on?’ I told her, and she understood.”
“I lost [the phone]. I just plain lost it. I can’t find it. I’m still looking for it to this day. I just set it somewhere and… It still might turn up. I’m hoping it will. To try to remember those riffs…? I can only remember, like, eight of ‘em. So I just chalked it down to maybe it just wasn’t meant to be and I’ll just move forward with it”.