Kirk Hammett Says He Loves How David Gilmour’s Playing Is Understated


Metallica’s Kirk Hammett recently appeared on Guitar World to discuss Pink Floyd’s epic song, ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ and David Gilmour‘s playing. The guitarist said he enjoys how an understated player Gilmour is.

David Gilmour may have been a late comer to the band to replace Syd Barrett, but his tremendous impact on the group’s sound was undeniable. He has stood out as a meticulous player in search of perfection. Gilmour’s style is known for its melodic tones, expressiveness, and incredible bending. His minimalist approach to the instrument may seem easy to imitate. Yet, it is often nearly impossible to replicate in the same soulful way that the guitarist manages to deliver his solos.

In Pink Floyd, Gilmour put his signature to many impressive solos in the band’s vast catalog. ‘Comfortably Numb’ is frequently referred to as one of the most unique and unflawed guitar solos in the history of rock music. ‘Echoes,’ ‘Time,’ and ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond‘ are some of the other Pink Floyd works in which Gilmour’s excellent playing is evident.

Talking about David Gilmour’s playing, Kirk Hammett praised his unique sound. He recalled his performance on the Peter Green tribute show, in which the guitarist appeared on the stage to perform Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well Part 2’ with the band put together by Mick Fleetwood. They felt like Pink Floyd was there when Gilmour started playing, which was an insane experience. Hammett said he loves how David Gilmour’s playing is understated since he sees it as a genuine beauty.

Kirk Hammett’s words on David Gilmour’s playing:

“David’s sound is amazing. During the Peter Green tribute show, David came down and played ‘Oh Well Part 2,’ and when he started playing and soloing with the band that Mick Fleetwood had put together for that event, all of a sudden, Pink Floyd was in the room. Or, it felt like Pink Floyd was in the room. It was insane!

Everyone in the room was transported. We were all looking at each other like, ‘Wow, this is amazing and a real moment!’ I love how understated Gilmour’s playing is because it is understated. If anything, I could be more understated, but sometimes I regurgitate a ton of notes. I can’t help it. It’s just how I am! But David is very, very understated, and that, in itself, is a real, real beauty to behold.”

Hammett thinks maybe David Gilmour doesn’t deliver his guitar works in a showy way, yet his playing is tremendously effective. He sees it as a fundamental characteristic of Gilmour’s playing and finds his effortless sound beautiful.