Metallica's Kirk Hammett Doesn't Understand Why Music Doesn't Embrace Guitars Anymore

September 27, 2018

he guitar has really fallen out of fashion in popular music, and not surprisingly, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett doesn't like it. He's hoping it's just a fad. In an interview with "Metal Hammer", he said, quote, "People seem to be seeing the guitar in a different light, and passing them up for [effing] samplers and whatnot.  Maybe it's a sign of the times. Like all instruments, there's a time when it goes out of fashion.  In the early-'80s, the guitar wasn't as popular as it became again in the mid-'80s . . .We'll see what happens, as far as enthusiasm is concerned, with the actual act of making music with a guitar."

He also said that he did NOT like that Metallica intentionally dropped guitar solos from their 2003 album "St. Anger". Kirk eventually wants to do a solo album, and he says, quote, "[It's] not Metallica stuff . . . it'd not look like a metal album at all.  It'll be something so weird and far-ranging."