Kirk Hammett Reveals Why Nirvana Didn’t Play With Metallica

Kirk Hammett recently reflected on the time Metallica and Guns N’ Roses were co-headlining a tour, and he asked Kurt Cobain to join them as the opening act. The guitarist revealed Cobain refused the offer and talked about the real reason he didn’t want to join them.

Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, and Nirvana are the prominent names of the rock and metal world that influenced and inspired many artists throughout their careers. Their musical career was prosperous, and they managed to be three of the most well-known bands in music, regardless of their genre. Hence, seeing the three bands in one night would be like a star parade, but unfortunately, Nirvana had no interest once the opportunity arrived.

In an interview with NME, Metallica’s guitarist Kirk Hammett talked about the time they were co-headlining with Guns N’ Roses. The union of three bands in one night was possible at the time as the guitarist made Nirvana an offer to open for them. However, Kurt Cobain turned him down even though they were friends and he loved Metallica.

According to the guitarist, Cobain’s principles weren’t fit to perform with GN’R. He didn’t like what GN’R stood for in rock and roll. Even though Hammett tried to convince him by telling him to do what Nirvana did best and make music, Cobain disagreed. Eventually, Faith No More opened up for them, and they did a great job.

Here is the question asked:

“In 1992, Metallica embarked on a co-headline tour with Guns N’ Roses. But which band was asked to be an opening act and turned you down?”

Hammett answered:

“Nirvana! I had to make the phone call to Kurt to talk to him about the possibility of joining our tour, and he just went on and on about how he didn’t like what Guns N’ Roses stood for, and I said to him: ‘Just go out there and represent Nirvana. Just play the show, and then that’s it.’ I pleaded with him, but he wasn’t having it. So there you have it. It would have been great if Nirvana was part of that tour, but Faith No More was great as well.”

Hammett also ended up talking about how he invited Cobain to come and watch now of their shows on The Black Album tour. He was there with Courtney Love, trying to get Hammett’s attention. They became friends right after the 1989 Nirvana album and remained as such until the singer’s tragic death in 1994.