Metallica’s Kirk Hammett reveals he lost his phone containing 250 unused guitar riffs

Hammett says he was 'bummed out for about two or three days' following the unfortunate incident

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has revealed that he lost 250 ideas for songs when he misplaced his phone six months ago.

The metal band are currently working on the follow-up to their 2008 album ‘Death Magnetic’, with Hammett recently telling the Jasta Show podcast that progress on the LP has been hindered by this unfortunate mistake.

“I lost my iPhone with 250 musical ideas [recorded],” Hammett said. “I was crushed. It didn’t get backed up. When it happened, I was bummed out for about two or three days… I’m still looking for it to this day… It still might turn up, I’m hoping that it will.”

Hammett continued to reveal that he could only remember about eight of the 250 guitar riffs, urging fellow musicians: “All you musicians out there who use your phone, make sure it’s backed up, right?”

The guitarist also spoke about the band’s upcoming record, which he previously claimed is “25 percent done”, saying: “The stuff that’s coming up is super-riffy, super-heavy… I would say it’s a lot similar to ‘Death Magnetic’, but different in certain parts. James [Hetfield, frontman] is doing a lot of really, really cool melody stuff these days, a lot of vocal layers.”

Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich recently joined Royal Blood live onstage during their gig in San Francisco earlier this week. The British rock duo were performing at the US city’s Slim’s venue on earlier this month (April 15), with the pair inviting Ulrich to pick up the sticks for set closer ‘Out Of The Black’.

The band first met Ulrich when he attended the group’s San Francisco show last September. As previously reported, after the show Royal Blood were taken to the house from the Mrs Doubtfire film by Ulrich.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that David Bowie thinks Lou Reed’s Metallica collaboration is his “greatest work” and “masterpiece”.

2011’s ‘Lulu’ was largely slated by critics and fans alike at the time of its release, but during her speech at Reed’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame over the weekend, the late singer’s widow Laurie Anderson said that consensus on the record is changing.

“One of [Lou’s] last projects was his album with Metallica,” Anderson said in her speech. “And this was really challenging, and I have a hard time with it. There are many struggles and so much radiance. And after Lou’s death, David Bowie made a big point of saying to me, ‘Listen, this is Lou’s greatest work. This is his masterpiece. Just wait, it will be like ‘Berlin’. It will take everyone a while to catch up.'”

Anderson added: “I’ve been reading the lyrics and it is so fierce. It’s written by a man who understood fear and rage and venom and terror and revenge and love. And it is raging.”
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