KIRK HAMMETT Admits METALLICA Thought About Firing LARS ULRICH

kirkhammettlarsulrich_638On November 4, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was interviewed on the “Quinn & Cantara” morning show on Albany’s classic rock radio station PYX 106. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the progress of the recording sessions for METALLICA‘s follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic”:

Kirk: “You know, I can’t really put any sort of markers on how far we are along. All I can tell you, man, is we’re working on it. And sometimes it goes quickly, sometimes it doesn’t. Right now, I’m waiting to go in and throw down some guitars. As it stands right now, we’re trudging away at it. Most likely it will come out next year — in a perfect world, if we can keep to our schedule. And we’ll see. That’s all I can really say.”

On whether it really takes four years to make an album, from beginning to end:

Kirk: “No. The reason why it’s taking us so long is ’cause we have all these other things on our schedule. I mean, we made a movie, we did an album with Lou Reed, we’re doing all these other small, little tours. What it really is, our schedule is so full that it’s affecting our [writing and recording] schedule. I mean, if our schedule was empty and all we had to do was concentrate on writing and recording an album, we could probably do it in a year or a year and a half. But other things are on the schedule. And, you know, we all have families, life gets in the way, blah blah blah.
But I think if we were totally focused and we had nothing [else to do], I think we could get an album out in about a year and a half.”

On whether there is any truth to the rumors that METALLICA needs to make albums and stay on the road in order to generate revenue to cover some of the money-losing investments — such as the “Through The Never” movie and the Orion Music + More festival — from the past couple of years:
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