The Time When Kirk Hammett Drove James Hetfield Crazy

During the recording process of one of the most controversial Metallica albums, a problem arose between the two legendary musicians, Metallica lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, James Hetfield, and the band’s lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett.

Iconic thrash metal band, Metallica released their eighth studio album entitled ‘St. Anger’ on June 5, 2003.  The album was the band’s last collaboration with its longtime producer, Bob Rock and it was also the only Metallica album that was released without an official bassist. Bob Rock had to play the basses of ‘St. Anger’ because Jason Newsted left the band shortly before the recording process.

The recording process of ‘St. Anger’ also became a documentary film, ‘Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,’ which was produced and directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. The film project started in April 2001 and Berlinger and Sinofsky recorded the band for more than two years. During that time, Metallica members had been through a challenging process when Hetfield went to rehab because of his long-going alcohol addiction. After Hetfield completed his recovery process in rehab, Metallica began recording ‘St. Anger.’

To this day, the fans still can’t forget the part of the documentary in which Kirk Hammett drove James crazy. That part was called ‘Tough Riff’ and based on Hammett’s efforts of playing the riffs of ‘Some Kind of Monster.’ The riffs were composed and written by Hetfield and even though he showed Hammett how to do it many times, Hammett couldn’t play it. In the end, the riffs were rearranged for Hammett and the moments were displayed in the documentary.

You can watch the part and listen to the music below.