Jan 252016

Over the weekend, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett posted his own tribute to the late David Bowie.

In the tribute, Hammett mentions incalculable appreciation of Changesonebowie and Ziggy Stardust and recounts a backstage meeting at one of Bowie’s shows.

Here’s the tribute, which Hammett posted to his FearFestEvil page:

“David Bowie dying is such a bummer, and I want to acknowledge what a huge influence he was on me.

“I bought a handful of albums growing up which I can say heavily influenced me, and one of those was Changesonebowie, which came out in 1976. When I first heard the song ‘Fame’ on the radio, it sounded like nothing else out there. ‘Golden Years’ and ‘Fame’ were two very distinctly different songs. I was raised on AM radio, which was brilliant back then, Motown, Stones, Beatles and all that Bay Area funk stuff, and listening to it in the late ’60s and early ’70s in San Francisco was a really rich thing. And Bowie was just so different, and after hearing ‘Fame’ I had to get Changesonebowie.

Hammett also mentioned meeting the late singer backstage at one of his shows. Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo dropped in on Bowie in Kansas City:

“I had no expectation of meeting David because I’d heard he was very private and liked to lie low after the show, I don’t blame him, that’s what we do. We were just leaving and Ian [tour manager Ian Jeffrey] said, ‘no no wait, David wants to say hi.’ He’d only been offstage for 15 minutes, we usually take at least 45 minutes before we can get our girdles off and take our vitamins! He came out, wearing sweats and a t-shirt, and said ‘hi how ya doing Kirk, hi Rob!’ I couldn’t believe it! And then all the fanboy stuff came out, how he’d been an inspiration, blah blah blah. He said he’d known about us for a long time, liked our music and told us to carry on!

“I cannot remember all the details but we did talk about stuff like music and his love for the Dandy Warhols, I also remember apologizing to him, saying ‘sorry David for nicking the title ‘Leper Messiah’ and he was laughing. Cliff [Burton] and I listened to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars daily on the ’85 Ride The Lightning U.S. tour, so yes, I lifted the title from the title track of that album.

“I think Bowie’s final album Blackstar is a brilliant, brilliant final message. He managed to invite us all, and I think it’s the first time that someone has creatively involved their passing as an integral part of their final work. Thank God David Bowie walked the earth and thank God we were able to experience what he had to give.”

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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Writes Tribute to David Bowie
Source: Guitar World