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If you like smoking some top-shelf weed, and happen to be friends with Kirk Hammett, then you probably know what the guitarist of The Sword, Kyle Shutt, is talking about.
Shutt told the Metal Injection Podcasts that Hammett gave him “the best weed I ever smoked.”
The pair toured together in 2008 on The World Magnetic Tour which was supporting the then recently released ninth Metallica album Death Magnetic. During that tour, Hammett introduced their weed-loving bus buddies to a strain called “Romulan” which Shutt recalls as the best he’s ever had to this day.
While Kirk would smoke with the guys from The Sword often, they would do their best to have their dressing rooms far apart for members who did not partake in the recreational consumption of marijuana. Though they seemed to practice a respectful live-and-let-live policy, especially the recovering James Hetfield who had around that time become straight-edge, one strain, in particular, was so strong in smell that it caused a temporary moment of tension.
The strand, not acquired by Hammett this time, was called “God’s Gift” and according to Shutt was the stinkiest weed ever.
“We weren’t even smoking it. We were just hanging out backstage, breaking it up, to take all the stems out,” Hammett recalled. “They came and knocked on our door like ‘Hey guys, you know you can’t smoke in here, what are you doing?’ And we’re like, ‘We’re not even smoking it, we’re just breaking it up.’ And they looked at the weed and they were like, ‘Woooooow…..anyway, would you mind taking that outside?'”
Shutt also recalled buying from Willie Nelson‘s weed dealer so saying Hammett’s weed is the best is no small compliment.