Kirk Hammett Talks Seeing Metallica Before He Joined the Band

Kirk Hammett looks back on his career in the upcoming Icons interview from Gibson TV - including the time he played in Exodus before joining Metallica.
In a preview clip, Hammett recalls that interest in Metallica seemed to have exploded overnight in San Francisco, going from performing with 15 people to a crowded house in 1982 or 1983 as the legend of the Thrashers spread. The full interview will be available on Gibson TV's YouTube page at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. ET.
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Hammett also discusses how Exodus frontman Paul Baloff recommended seeing the band live. Hammett said he remembered thinking, "Metallica, what a great name." The two attended a sparsely attended gig at a venue called Stone. A few months later they opened for Metallica and another group called Laaz Rockit on a Monday night, and Metallica drew a huge crowd that left without seeing the headliner.
Hammett described his first meeting with Metallica in Mabuhay Gardens - and how it didn't particularly impress the band members. "It's really funny because years later people asked me," When did you first talk to these people? "He said in the clip." And I would say, "I met her for the first time at the Mab." And Lars [Ulrich] said, "Really? I don't remember it." James [Hetfield] said, "Huh "Really?" You don't even remember.
Hammett left Exodus to join Metallica in April 1983 after the band violently ousted original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine. (Mustaine, in turn, founded Megadeth.) Hammett's 80-minute interview covers his influences, philosophies, and memories, highlighted through personal photos and archive audio from concerts over the years.
Gibson TV published in-depth Icons interviews with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Alice in Chains singer and guitarist Jerry Cantrell last year. Metallica producer Bob Rock, who worked with Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe and The Cult, was also a subject on the series.
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