Metallica's Kirk Hammett Shrugs Off Popularity Polls
And he says his early experiences in life mean he's content with putting this trust in his own abilities. He tells Metal Sucks: "I just try and be the best guitar player I can, the best band member that I can possibly be. Stuff like polls, it doesn't really make that much difference to me. It seems like a popularity contest to me.
"Ever since I was a kid, I've always been really good at losing popularity contests. So to all of a sudden start winning these contests as an adult, I kind of know better.
"I'm like the classic case of a shy, nerdy kid who just wanted to play guitar and just found that he could do something really well. And I just took it." Read more here.
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