Metallica cry babies? Well according to the always sensitive Kirk Hammett they are. In a rare interview with Contact Music, the guitarist revealed that he broke down when they recorded the song “Junior Dad.”
“I had just lost my father literally three or four weeks previous,” he said. “I had to run out of the control room, and I found myself standing in the kitchen, sobbing away.” And he wasn’t the only one. James Hetfield, who has long documented father issues—appearing recently in the Justin Hunt’s documentary Absent, about fathers who abandon their families—also found himself in the same condition.
“James came into the question in the same condition - he was sobbing too,” reveals Hammett. “He managed to take out both guitar players in one feel swoop with his amazing poetic lyrics.” So what does that say about Metallica’s rhythm section? Made of sterner stuff?
One thing we know, is Lars Ulrich has a warm relationship with his father, even if he is a little bit of a blabbermouth. Back in 2006, the Australian chapter of the band’s fanclub, Metclub, For Whom Metallica Tolls, even conducted an online chat with the Ulrich paterfamilias, Torben Ulrich - who proved himself to be an astute rock critic.
Also, we hope you’ve booked travel for what is loosely being called Metallica Week this December when the Metallurgists take over San Francisco’s Fillmore on December 5, 7, 9 and 10 to celebrate their 30th anniversary. How should we know if there will be cake?
Hey You Get Off of My Cloud: Also, don’t forget, they’ll also be doing a corporate gig in San Francisco’s Moscone Center on August 31, where they’ll be performing for corporate types at the Dreamforce ’11 Cloud Computing Industry Event.
Probably the best you can do is stand outside the barrier and listen to Metallica. All lanes of Howard Street in San Francisco will be closed between Third and Fourth Streets. But don’t let that stop you. As always, the thinking fans headbangers will be blasting 130 decibels, which is why Ulrich always wears earplugs after being diagnosed with tinnitus in 1988.