According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett opened up about being bullied in high school during an interview with San Francisco radio station 107.7 The Bone. Hammett recalled "local neighborhood hoodlums" who "picked anyone who was an easy target who looked different from them... They were people with very low IQs that had nothing better to do with their time, except on picking and bullying on other people."
He continued: "They used to terrify us all the time! And then we go to the other side of town, and there were the Mexican gangs we had to constantly worry about as well… We [would] just try and not to go anywhere near those guys."
Hammett added that he started playing guitar around that time because "it was one of the only things I found that could calm me down when I was a kid, and give me some sort of… I was able to use it to ground myself and be more in the moment."
He added that music "saved my life," saying, "If I didn't have music I would have just.... Who knows? I was on a pretty bad path when I discovered music, and music kept me going from further down that path."
METALLICA has been on the road in support of its latest studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct".
The band just completed its first North American trek in eight years and will next begin a European tour on September 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.