End of passion play? Metallica’s Kirk Hammett says playing “Master of Puppets” solo “drives me nuts”

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Metallica‘s played “Master of Puppets” live a whole lot — a total of 1,689 times, to be exact, according to the band’s website. So perhaps it’s understandable that Kirk Hammett isn’t exactly thrilled to keep playing the song’s famed solo.

Speaking with Total Guitar, Hammett shares, “What I’m going to say people are probably gonna hate, but it drives me nuts having to play that f****** guitar solo in ‘Master of Puppets’ every time.”

“People love that guitar solo and they come to see that. That’s fine,” Hammett continues. “For that part of our career, all those solos are locked in. I don’t view them as solos anymore; they’re parts. I’m freaking bored of it, but it’s exciting for people to hear.”

Hammett then clarifies, “I’m not bored of the solo; I just get bored of playing the same thing all the time.”

“I’m inviting all sorts of criticism and opinions but I don’t f****** care,” Hammett says. “It’s like the solo on ‘Fade to Black.’ I play the first eight bars and then I go on a tangent for like 20, 24 bars and then come back in the last four bars and play parts that everyone knows. That’s one of my most favorite parts of playing that song live because I don’t know what the f*** I’m gonna play.”

If Hammett ever wants to take a break from shredding the “Master of Puppets,” surely countless metalheads would offer to take his place, not to mention Stranger Things fans. “Master of Puppets” was memorably featured in the season 4 finale of the Netflix sci-fi series, leading to a chart resurgence for the 1986 track.

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