Gojira’s Joe Duplantier: James Hetfield barely has drums in his in-ear monitors, Lars Ulrich follows his lead onstage

[L-R] Joe Duplantier, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich
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Gojira singer and electric guitar player Joe Duplantier is a major Metallica fan, and in a recent interview with Rock Sverige he discussed how James Hetfield was the musician most important to his musical formation, calling his right hand a “hammer.”

“James Hetfield has something... if there was a school for rock, he would be my teacher,” Duplantier said (via Ultimate Guitar). “I want to follow his course. His right hand is a hammer, an unstoppable hammer. He's the foundation of the rhythmic section in Metallica.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.