Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammet, has revealed how surprised he is that Kurt Cobain was a fan of his band. In a recent interview, Hammet looked back on the making of Metallica’s The Black Album on its 30th anniversary, discussing its impact on the rock world. Coincidentally, both The Black Album and Nirvana’s Nevermind came out in 1991.
Hammet spoke of his friendship with Cobain back in the late ’80s and early ’90s: “Kurt Cobain came to one of our shows in Seattle, on The Black Album tour. I knew Kurt kind of well, and I hung out with him quite a bit. He was a pretty big Metallica fan. I was surprised at how much of a Metallica fan he was.”
“Rock radio embracing our sound – our heaviness – helped the whole grunge thing take hold. Not long after The Black Album came out, Nirvana put out ‘Nevermind’. I like to think we had something to do with the acceptance of Nirvana,” Hammet went on to say.
Speaking of The Black Album’s influence on the rock landscape, Hammet described how the record was “a cultural force in itself,” adding: “As much as modern culture changes and morphs, there’s something within that album that continues to resonate around the world. “And I mean the world, because it’s big everywhere.”
In other news, Dave Mustaine has revealed that he doesn’t think Metallica “could have survived” if he had stayed in the group, and shared details of the way the Megadeath frontman was ousted from Metallica in their early days.
Metallica are celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Black Album this year, with a special reissue and an accompanying covers album, featuring contributions from the likes of Phoebe Bridgers. Other contributors include St. Vincent, Biffy Clyro, IDLES, Mac DeMarco, Weezer, Rina Sawayama and Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor. The Metallica Blacklist will be available on September 30 via the band’s own Blackened Recordings.
You can listen to Pheobe Bridger’s cover of Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ below: