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."
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