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Metallica's Kirk Hammett on Big Rock Hall Team-Ups: "Lou Reed Wants to Hear More of Me!"

October 31, 2009 11:30 AM ET

Watching Mick Jagger face off with Bono and Bruce Springsteen backing up Billy Joel may have given fans at the two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts a thrill, but the musicians onstage got a jolt from their all-star team-ups, too. Case in point: Metallica's Kirk Hammett, who gushed to Rolling Stone backstage in the On 3 gifting suite that his band's performance with Ozzy Osbourne, Ray Davies and Lou Reed was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"We really like how things are sounding," he said just hours before the big show. "You're going to see me with the biggest shit-eating grin from here to here tonight when I'm onstage. One of my favorite moments was when Lou Reed turned around to the monitor guy and said, 'Hey, I need more Kirk Hammett in my monitor!' .... Lou Reed wants to hear more of me! That's right on."

More Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Mick Jagger Joins U2, Metallica, Aretha Franklin at the Rock Hall’s Epic 25th Anniversary Bash
Night One in Photos: Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, CSN and More
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Turns 25 With All-Star Sets From Springsteen, Wonder and More
Photos: Backstage at the Rock Hall 25th Anniversary Concerts
Morello, Raitt, Crosby Pay Tribute to Fellow Legends Backstage at First Rock Hall Concert

For complete Rock Hall coverage, visit our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame page.

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