Metallica’s Kirk Hammett did not get a chance to write very much on “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct,“ mainly due to him losing an iPhone full of a lot material. Despite this, he has been putting together plenty of ideas for the band’s next release.
Hammett told the British version of GQ magazine the following:
“I went through this whole thing a couple of years ago of losing my iPhone with five hundred ideas, and I still haven’t fully recovered from that. And my way of recovering from that is overcompensating… On that phone was five hundred ideas, and I have about five hundred ideas now at this point, plus. I’m sitting on a lot of really… what I feel is really, really great music that is just waiting to be developed.
Every day, I’m just picking up my guitar and then thinking about those lost ideas and then thinking, ‘I’ve gotta generate more ideas,’ in the hopes that maybe one or two of those old five hundred ideas that I lost might trickle through… Maybe it’ll find its way through, and I’ll go, ‘Oh, yeah! Eureka!’ It hasn’t happened yet. It hasn’t happened, though.”