Metallica's Kirk Hammett gave a bit of an inaccurate description of his band, dubbing the metal giants "just a little band from San Francisco."
Chatting with Metal Hammer, the guitarist reached the subject while discussing the latest Grammys performance with Chinese pianist Lang Lang. "The whole Lang Lang thing just surfaced in one week, like, 'OK, we've been invited to play the Grammys with a classical pianist, here's the track, do you want to do it?'
"We were like, 'Sure!' even though we're just a little thrash band from San Francisco."
The last sentence instantly struck a chord with the interviewer, who then asked Kirk to elaborate further. "Maybe in my mind," Hammett confessed. "I think maybe we want to think of ourselves as a little thrash band from SF. Sure there's managerial situations and strategies and whatnot that we’ve used to become bigger, but at the end of the day it just comes down to the music.
"When we're all gone, the music is gonna live on, and that's gonna be our legacy, not selling out four stadiums in a row in Sweden or playing with Lang Lang at the Grammys," the guitarist added. "It's gonna be someone discovering 'Disposable Heroes' in 2086 and thinking, 'This is really cool stuff, what year is this? 1986, wow!'"
In recent news, Metallica were announced among Heavy Montreal 2014 headliners alongside Slayer and Lamb of God. The August show will mark the band's only North American summer date this year.