Metallica’s Kirk Hammett: ‘F**k Social Media’

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In a new interview with Noisey.com Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett discussed his frustrations with social media:

“Personally, I don’t give a f— about social media. I’m not on Facebook, I’m not on Twitter, I’m not on Instagram, I’m not all all these other f—in’ things that I don’t even know about and I don’t give a f—. I don’t care. I. Don’t. F—ing. Care.”

However, Hammett went off the record to say that while he doesn’t care for social media it doesn’t mean that Metallica doesn’t:

“There are people in our organization who recognize the power of social media and the power of getting the word out there. Social media can be extremely effective for whatever thing you’re doing or whatever cause so I think it’s important, but personally, I don’t give a f—.”

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  • Big M

    I’m the same way, it’ all bull-crap. Kirk always seemed like the coolest member of Metallica by far so I respect him even more now.

  • Some Gargoyle

    I dont get everyones deal with social media. Its actually an incredible accomplishment. Creating the ability for user generated information on a world wide network… And as for the power it brings to band\’s marketers, well its how everyone finds new music today. When people reject change you are only hurting yourself, and honestly they sound like someone rejecting TV in the 50s or radio before that. I always knew Metallica was for a bunch of simple minded people.

    • Andy Birger

      Whenever somebody makes a comment about social media etc. I imagine them starting with ”Back in my day…”

    • standard

      I don\\’t think anyone disputes the innovation or the potential of social media but rather what the majority of people choose to do with it. I agree that one should embrace change but they actually have to do something worthwhile with it once they do or they are killing the potential that the innovation has brought them. I think Kirk is making the argument that bands use social media as a shortcut to be heard, where as before they had to earn it, and the quality of music is suffering because of it.

  • ShaneC

    I ditched facebook 2 years ago. Never looked back.

    I’m happier without it.

  • Big M

    Right- facebook is just high school for adults IMO. Sure there’s some pretty girls to look at and you joke around with your buddies but overall I thought high school really sucked.

  • Alex

    One day Kirk Hammett went on the Internet, typed his name and all he saw was “Kirk Hammett sucks at guitar”, “Kirk is sloppy”, “Over uses his wah pedal”, “Out-of tune live”, etc, etc.

    Closed the lid of his laptop and never looked back. But, instead of start practicing again, he only got worse and worse.

    Maybe you should listen to your fans Kirk, and start playing properly again. And do us all a big favor, don’t improvise live, you’re no Satriani, just play the solos like they are on the album.