Metallica's Kirk Hammett

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Says He Could Only Recall Four Of The Riffs From His Lost iPhone


We already know that Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett‘s lost iPhone, which he estimated had 250 musical ideas on it, led to him having limited input on the band’s latest album, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct“. In an interview with, he offered:

“I’m like the poster boy for losing his iPhone. I am the poster boy for that.”

He continued:

“Let’s just say it’s like, the reverberations for me, the consequences of losing my cell phone have been immense. I mean, it doesn’t matter who you are or what type of person you are, I think losing your cell phone is traumatic for anyone. And I mean, okay, I lost my phone, I lost a lot of music, but I mean, people lose cell phones, they lose all their personal information, you know? I’m kind of a technological sloth. It took me losing my iPhone to figure out that I can back it up to the iCloud. And the ironic thing about that is, the guy who invented the cloud is my next-door neighbour (laughs).”

When asked if he would be able to recreate the riffs from memory, he offered:

“Let me tell you this. I had about, I don’t know, 450 entries in there, which means there were about 250, 300 riffs, because a lot of times I’ll write different versions of the same riff. And when I lost my phone, I could only recall about four riffs. So I’ve closed the book on that (laughs). And, you know, I’m sitting on some music—now!—that I’m happy about. I’m just waiting, waiting for an opportunity, you know, where it can grow. And, you know, I’m always writing music. Every time I pick up my guitar, I’m hoping I can write the next ‘Rock The Nation’ or something.”

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