The 39-year American heavy metal band Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who joined the band in 1983 after the firing of the legendary musician Dave Mustaine, appeared on the Kerrang! Magazine and revealed the thing that he wants to change in his entire life.
During an interview, the 57-year-old guitarist was asked if he would do anything differently on his life, Kirk Hammett touched his alcoholic side and said he would stop it a long time ago.
“I would have stopped drinking 10 or 15 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed being a raving alcoholic lunatic, but then everything turned against me.
“Every time I had a drink, it worked against me rather than helping me to enjoy myself in a recreational manner. That’s the thing about alcohol: if you’re not paying attention and something happens, it could flip on you and next thing you know, you’re on the downside of things rather than on the upside.”
Also, while talking about his alcoholic side, Kirk Hammett talked about the things he has done for many years after the shows and expressed his regret for it.
“For fucking decades, I’d go out after a show and carry on all night. I’d go back to the hotel room and play guitar for two or three hours and not remember anything the next day.
“I’d pick up the recorder and think, ‘What the fuck is this garbage?’ I did that for fucking decades. I stopped drinking and now I go back to my room and play guitar and remember everything!
“I can pick it up from the night before. I still feel like I’m growing as a musician, and I like having that clarity of mind and having a really strong relationship with my instrument and the music. I wish I had gotten to this point a lot earlier in my life. But hey, everything’s meant to happen for a reason.”