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Metallica Reminisce About Napster Battle, Megadeth Feud + More

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield
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As you may know, there’s a truly unique sense of humor within the metal community. Many specific and pinpointed topics of hilarity are playfully aimed at Metallica, whether it be the lack of Jason Newsted‘s bass on ‘…And Justice for All,’ drummer Lars Ulrich‘s snare sound on ‘St. Anger,’ Metallica’s feud with Megadeth or Ulrich’s legendary tiff with Napster. Interestingly enough, the members of Metallica joke around about this stuff just like we do, as evidenced in a brand new interview.

While speaking with Crave Online, Metallica frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett joked around about various odd points in their careers. When asked about which Metallica songs sound the most different in a live setting, the shredding duo beat out every snarky metalhead to the punch. “Anything off ‘St. Anger’ because then you have a snare on,” Hammett jokes. “Or ‘Justice for All,’ you hear bass,” Hetfield adds.

Hammett and Hetfield went on to discuss their Napster battle and how they’ve grown to bury the hatchet with bands such as Megadeth. “As you get older, you’re able to get past certain roadblocks mentally and friendship-wise, like things with Megadeth, people from our past,” says Hetfield. “They become a little less potent. They become less of a source of hatred or whatever. They affect you less and at the end of the day you’re just kind of realizing that everyone is looking out for the best interest, hopefully, for the world.” As for the dispute with Napster, Hetfield adds, “He [Napster founder Shawn Fanning] was wanting to do something. He had a vision and had no idea what the consequences would be.”

Hammett adds, “At the end of the day, we’re all adults and you sit down and you talk and you go, ‘Hey, when I did this, that happened.’ We did the same and let’s move on from there. I think we’ve learned a lot, like from obviously the ‘Some Kind of Monster’ movie and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seeing all these bands that can’t even show up and play together because they’re arguing about something that happened 20 years ago and they can’t celebrate a great moment, or create a new moment in history. Life’s too short for stuff like that.”

For the full interview with James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, head on over to Crave Online.

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