“We called that riff ‘The Batman Riff’”: Kirk Hammett admits Metallica lifted the Batman theme on 72 Seasons

Kirk Hammett and Adam West as Batman
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Kirk Hammett has confirmed that Metallica paid homage to a classic superhero property on new album 72 Seasons by lifting the instantly recognizable chromatic hook from the Adam West Batman show.

Metallica announced their much-anticipated return this year with 72 Seasons – a 12-track heavy metal masterclass filled with numerous electric guitar highlights, including one of the best guitar riffs of 2023.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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