[about Nothing Else Matters] James always wanted to be perceived as this guy who is very confident and strong. And for him to write lyrics like that - showing a sensitive side - took a lot of balls.
Playboy (April 2001)
Basically I just had to say, "Screw everyone around me - from now on I'm just gonna play what I think is important to me and our music." So I gave the big finger to all the current trends in technical wizardry, and just went off and did what I felt was best for the songs.Kirk Hammett
Cliff was a very smart guy, a reader, very eloquent. I just don't understand why he went, and not one of us.Kirk Hammett