Kirk Hammett: The Song That Made Me Want to Play Guitar

Also, the very first tune he ever Being MadĀ discovered.

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Kirk Hammett: The Song That Made Me Want to Play Guitar
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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett sat down with bandmate Lars Ulrich and mentioned the very beginnings of his musical journey on the drummer’s Beats 1 Radio display, pronouncing (transcribed with the aid of UG):

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“[Jimi Hendrix is] quite lots [the reason why I picked up the guitar].

“The story with me and ‘Purple Haze’ is – while that album [1967 Hendrix debut ‘Are You Experienced’] came out, my brother would play it at the residence and that music usually stood out for me ‘motive it becomes dirtier and uglier and more gritty and more like what it becomes like once I stepped outdoor my front door.

“Once my brother moved out, he took his report series with him – that changed into after I was about 8 or nine years antique. So for me, it turned into back to the radio.

“I did not hear things like ‘Purple Haze’ or any of the less radio-pleasant stuff that he changed into playing on the house till later on once I was thirteen or 14. I started out seeking out my personal song and going into record shops, shopping for stuff like Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy.

“I remember I went to see Led Zeppelin on Day on the Green in 1977 and Judas Priest opened that display. I do not remember whatever approximately it except for KK Downing’s Flying V guitar.

“But in between units, they played music over the PA, and they performed ‘Purple Haze’! It’s been five years when you consider that I heard that, and it hit me so heavily! It became extra impactful that it is ever been due to the fact I heard it thru a huge live PA.

“Pretty tons subsequent day I went to buy a few Hendrix albums and the best one I should find changed into the Woodstock album.

“It had ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ and it becomes Hendrix playing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ that made me want to play the guitar. Just continuously gambling that music over.

“The very first song I ever discovered turned into ‘Purple Haze.’

“I found out it and then two weeks later I rallied a few friends – me, a bass player, a drummer, and a singer – I become plugged into an amp, the bassist changed into plugged into the equal amp, and the vocalist was plugged into the equal amp. [Laughs]

“We played ‘Purple Haze’ and that becomes all we performed for 15 minutes. [Laughs] Make racket, prevent, play once more.”