Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett discussed the lack of solos on the band’s 2003 record “St. Anger,” telling Metal Hammer during a recent interview:
“I guess it was appropriate for the time, but looking back, it doesn’t seem so appropriate to me now!
“I will always object to that, but I think the message was driven home after that album, that solos are needed in Metallica! People look forward to hearing them. So for me there was a weird vindication.”
Hammett also talked about the future of guitar in general, also touching on Gibson’s bankruptcy, saying:
“I don’t know what the fuck it is, but people seem to be seeing the guitar in a different light and passing them up for fucking samplers and whatnot. Maybe it’s a sign of the times.
“Like all instruments, there’s a time when it goes out of fashion. In the early ’80s, the guitar wasn’t as popular as it became again in the mid-’80s, so we’ll see what happens as far as enthusiasm is concerned with the actual act of making music with a guitar.
“It’s sad news to me, but I hope Gibson prevail. They have in the past.”