In a new interview with Classic Rock, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett told that he was surprised in front of Nirvana legend Kurt Cobain‘s admiration for his band Metallica.

Detailing his friendship with Kurt Cobain, Kirk Hammett recalled the release of his band Metallica‘s self-titled fifth studio album – known for The Black Album – and the album’s subsequent impact as the record nears its 30th anniversary.

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Furthermore, Kirk Hammett has revealed Kurt went to Seattle to see Metallica during their Black Album tour. He admitted that Kurt was a big Metallica fan, and he was surprised in front of his admiration for Metallica.

“Kurt Cobain came to one of our shows in Seattle, on the Black Album tour,” Kirk said. “I knew Kurt kind of well, and I hung out with him quite a bit. He was a pretty big Metallica fan. I was surprised at how much of a Metallica fan he was.”

Kirk Touches On Nirvana’s Nevermind

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Later then, Kirk touched on Nirvana and their second studio album, Nevermind, the album that was released on September 24, 1991. He told that Metallica had something to do with the acceptance of Nirvana.

“Rock radio embracing our sound – our heaviness – helped the whole grunge thing take hold,” Kirk continued. “Not long after The Black Album’ came out, Nirvana put out ‘Nevermind’. I like to think we had something to do with the acceptance of Nirvana.

“As much as modern culture changes and morphs, there’s something within that album that continues to resonate around the world.”

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