Metallica’s Kirk Hammett On Music Streaming: “We Warned Everyone That This Was Gonna Happen”

During a recent interview with Classic Rock, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett reflected on the band’s 2000 lawsuit against Napster and the current state of music streaming. He said the following:

“We warned everyone that this was gonna happen. We warned everyone that the music industry was gonna lose eighty percent of its net worth, power and influence. When these monumental shifts come, you just either fucking rattle the cage and get nothing done or you move forward. There’s definitely a new way for getting music out there, but it isn’t as effective as the music industry pre-Napster. But we’re stuck with it. There needs to be some sort of midway point where the two come together, or another completely new model comes in.”

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