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Metallica's Kirk Hammett: How I accidentally became a "Full-On Jethro Tull Fan"

"It didn’t help losing to them in 1989 for that Grammy,” Hammett says, laughing.

It's been well documented that Metallica were pretty shocked when Jethro Tull won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 1989 instead of them. The other nominees in 1989 for that category were AC/DC, Iggy Pop and Jane's Addiction. But many thought Metallica deserved the award for the album ...And Justice For All. Instead, Jethro Tull received it for Crest of a Knave — an album that wouldn't even be on the radar if you asked a Tull fan for their Top 5 albums from the band. It seems obvious that the award was given as a Lifetime Achievement award rather than a "Performance" award. Unfortunately, Metallica lost out in this industry gesture.

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett claimed to have forgotten about Jethro Tull and their music until recently,

"I just really got into prog about five years ago," Hammett told Goldmine in an upcoming issue. "I wasn’t into prog. Just accidentally I heard Jethro Tull Stand Up and I went, ‘Wow.’ I never ever had paid much attention to Jethro Tull; I just never did. And it didn’t help losing to them in 1989 for that Grammy,” he says, laughing. 

Goldmine's June/July 2022 issue with Kirk Hammett on the cover. At select newsstands in May or direct from the Goldmine Shop.

Goldmine's June/July 2022 issue with Kirk Hammett on the cover. At select newsstands in May or direct from the Goldmine Shop.

“But that’s really not the reason why I wasn’t into Jethro Tull, believe me," he continues. "I just never got around to it. Sometimes you just don’t get around to certain things. So, I ended up checking out their entire catalog and now I’m a full-on Jethro Tull fan."

Kirk Hammett's first solo record, Portals, is an instrumental EP that is in tune to the sounds of prog rock while keeping the traditional elements of metal guitar. The EP came out in April.

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