Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett talked about the band’s controversial Napster lawsuit from back in 2000, telling TV4 during a recent interview :
“The whole Napster thing definitely… it didn’t do us any favors whatsoever. But you know what? We’re still in the right on that – we’re still right about Napster, no matter who’s out there saying, ‘Metallica was wrong.’
“All you have to do is look at the state of the music industry, and that kind of explains the whole situation right there.
“There was a time when the streaming thing was kind of weird, and it’s not that great of quality. I don’t care what anyone says about modern streaming and whatnot, and all these bits and whatnot, it’s never gonna sound better than vinyl. Having said that, we wanna be accessible, and you need to make sure that you’re accessible on all the modern fronts.”
Asked on what he’s most proud of when it comes to Metallica’s career thus far, Kirk replied:
“I’m most proud of the fact that we’re still here now, 30-odd years on; we’re still making music; people still appreciate the fact that we’re still making music. I personally feel like I have still a lot to say musically, and I personally feel that I have not peaked.
“I know that we’re still somewhat hungry for doing other things. And most of all, what is most important to me is the fact that we’re still able to bring the music to the people.”