Speaking with Metal Hammer, the thrash legend confessed that he’s got a whole bunch of solo material sitting around and gathering dust, and he’s pretty keen on releasing it some day.
“One of these days when it feels right,” he says. “I still feel I have so much to give Metallica. When that feels more complete, maybe I’ll think about doing that other stuff.”
And he also reckons the musical style of his solo work may surprise some fans.
“It would not look like a metal album at all,” he admits. “It’ll be something so weird and far-ranging in styles, but cohesive at the same time.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if all of us did some solo, independent, autonomous sort of thing,” he continues, referencing the other members of ‘tallica.
“I think it’s healthy, and if anything, when you come back to the band you’d come back with more enthusiasm. It’d feel like going on a little camping trip, and it’s always good to come back home to a nice warm bed!”
Just as long as it doesn’t include a cover of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’, we’re for it.
“I live for playing guitar, loud and aggressive,” Hammet clarifies. “There’s such a therapeutic effect that happens to me, and it fills a huge gaping hole in my soul. It’s been the case since day one, and it’s still improving. I still don’t feel I’ve hit the summit; I have a long musical road to discover and experience.
“Musically I’m in the best place I’ve ever been, and I feel very fortunate,” he adds. “Some people peak right off the bat, then can’t pull off things they did when they were younger. I want to keep on going, never rest on my laurels, and always look forward.”
Metallica recently announced more European dates on their Worldwired tour. Sadly, their 2019 Australian tour poster was a fake, and Aussie fans are still waiting for long-promised dates to materialise.