Metallica’s Kirk Hammett ‘thought band had played Glastonbury before’

Guitarist confused Worthy Farm festival for Irish gig in 2004

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has revealed that he thought the band had already played Glastonbury, having confused a gig in Ireland with the Worthy Farm festival.

Hammett reveals his memory lapse in a new interview with NME, which is on newsstands and available digitally from tomorrow (June 25).

“It’s entertaining to watch the media circus fret over our little band,” he says. “I’ve just been kicking back and enjoying it, because frankly, between you, me and all the readers of NME – I thought we already played Glastonbury!”

Elaborating, Hammett adds: “I thought we did it with System Of A Down (pictured right) back in 2004 or something. I mistook it for a gig we played in Ireland. But when the initial offer came, I said to our management, ‘Glastonbury, we’ve played it before!'”

The band will headline Glastonbury Festival this Saturday (June 27), but responses to the booking have been mixed, with Park Stage headliners Mogwai describing them as being “unbelievably bad”.

Metallica will be joined at Glastonbury by fellow headline acts Arcade Fire and Kasabian.

Other artists to pass comment on this year’s Saturday night headliners at Worthy Farm include Arctic Monkeys, Mick Jagger, Kasabian and Johnny Marr.