Metallica: Flint & Weiland Question Hammett

Feature by Dave Kerr | 04 Mar 2009

Ahead of Metallica's eagerly anticipated return to Glasgow this month, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett fields key questions from The Prodigy's Keith Flint and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland


Keith Flint (The Prodigy): Some Kind of Monster just blew me away. When you were filming it, did you realise you were making such a great documentary? When you watched it back, did it answer a lot of questions?

Kirk: “When we were filming it, it wasn’t with the intention to release it as a movie. It was only in the final hours that we thought maybe we could turn it into one. But at the end of the day the joke was on us. I still have problems with how candid it is, I’m a very private person who enjoys solitude and privacy, so that was in direct conflict with how I am naturally. But, watching it back, I thought ‘this is a cool movie and it has the potential to actually help people and maybe even help other bands.’ That was the big thing that I got out of it. In the end, it really didn’t matter if it was us or if it was someone else – the message of the movie is that if you really care about something enough you can work your problems through, no matter how difficult it might seem.”


Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots / Ex-Velvet Revolver): How do you keep one band together for so many years?

Kirk: “There have been times when we’ve absolutely hated the sight of each other, but deep down we still care and have tremendous love for one another. We truly are a family, and with Rob in the band now we feel that with him too. The chemistry is great. It’s also a love and respect for what we’ve done in the past and knowing that makes the future look very bright and very clear now. James said the other day: ‘People want us to be together’. That to me was such a profound statement, and it’s fucking true. Certain people need us to be together and that makes it worth staying together as a band. There was a point where we were about to just fall apart, but we cared enough to go through all that we had to, to still be a band. Of course, that’s all been well documented.”

Metallica play SECC, Glasgow on 26 March.