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No more excuses: Metallica hopes to start new album 'in a couple of weeks'
Metallica is finally ready to return to the studio, guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Billboard. Hammett said the metal band will start working on the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" "in a couple of weeks.”
“When we start, that's going to be our main priority, and we're pretty excited about it because we've been saying we need to start working on this album, but we've been procrastinating greatly with it,” Hammett said. “We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now."
The band has stayed busy touring far off places like Antarctica and releasing a concert film, "Metallica Through the Never,” which will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on Jan. 28. Hammett said part of the band’s delay in recording comes from having too many ideas for songs.
"We're a band that never has a shortage of ideas," Hammett said. "You hear about these bands that are sitting in the studio and they don't have any songs, what are they gonna do? That's not Metallica. Metallica's problem is the total opposite. We have too many ideas. James (Hetfield) has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those number alone are just crazy. That's formidable."
Before Metallica hits the studio, it will perform at the Grammy Awards with pianist Lang Lang and launch the inaugural FEAR FestEvil on Feb. 7-8 in San Francisco.