Metallica released their fifth studio album, known as ‘The Black Album’ on August 12, 1991, and received positive reviews from music critics and metalheads. The album consisted of the songs that became the band’s greatest hits, such as ‘Wherever I May Roam,’ ‘Sad but True,’ ‘Enter Sandman,’ and more. It sold millions of copies worldwide and was among the band’s best-selling and most popular albums.
‘The Black Album’ hit the charts and contributed significantly to Metallica members’ commercial success and international popularity as instrumentalists and songwriters. The band decided to return to the roads to promote their iconic album. They would have a famous audience that came to watch them, Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain who had his favorite Metallica song just like everyone else.
Kurt Cobain’s Metallica Admiration Surprised Kirk Hammett
Wherever We May Roam Tour kicked off on August 1, 1991, in Petaluma, and ended on December 18, 1992, in Stockholm. Also, in the middle of their tour, Metallica began their co-headlining tour with Guns N’ Roses. As a part of their tour, the band performed two concerts in Seattle on May 27, 1992, and May 28, 1992. One of them became very special and unforgettable for the band members, especially for the guitarist Kirk Hammett.
During one of his previous conversations, Hammett revealed that he was friends with Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and they hung out together many times. Therefore he could be one of the few people that could say that the singer was a huge Metallica fan even though grunge was very different than theirs. After learning how much Cobain loved their works, the guitarist initially said he was shocked.
The hardcore Cobain fans knew he credited a lot to rock and metal bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, and Aerosmith. In addition, Hammett highlighted that Cobain admired and appreciated their music and came to their Seattle concert during the tour. The guitarist recalled those moments, saying that the singer was punching the air while looking at Hammett when they started playing ‘Whiplash’ from their debut studio album ‘Kill ‘Em All.’
The guitarist thought he was performing the famous track for his good friend. It seems he couldn’t still forget the late Nirvana icon’s reaction to the song. Thus, the Metallica guitarist confirmed that ‘Whiplash’ was Cobain’s favorite song, which probably reminded him of their time together. Unfortunately, Cobain couldn’t attend many Metallica concerts to listen to the track because he passed away on April 5, 1994.
In Hammett’s words, he said:
“He told me that himself. He came to one of our shows in Seattle on the ‘Black Album’ tour. At one point, we were playing ‘Whiplash.’ He looked at me and kept punching the air with his fist, giving me a big thumbs-up sign. I was like, ‘Cool. Kurt, I know you love this song. This one’s for you!’ I knew Kurt well and hung out with him quite a bit. He was a pretty big Metallica fan. I was surprised at how much of a Metallica fan he was.”