Hammett Facing Tour Bus Fear In Volcano Chaos
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has been forced to face his fear of tour buses in the aftermath of Iceland's volcanic eruption - the band is back on the road 23 years after their bassist was killed in a coach crash.
Cliff Burton died after the band's vehicle skidded out of control and flipped over in Sweden, and the rockers have refused to use tour buses when travelling between gigs since the tragic accident in 1986.
The musicians were forced back onto a bus this week (beg19Apr10) after heavy clouds of volcanic ash grounded flights across Europe and disrupted their current tour.
Hammett admits he is still nervous about travelling by road, but the situation has forced him to face his fears.
He says, "I just could not relax, thinking, 'Wow, those buses have changed a lot since we travelled.' They are so much more comfortable. You see, we did not use this means of transportation for more than two decades since the tragedy.
"When we boarded the bus again this week and had to travel overnight, I realised that those bad memories are still here. I still haven't overcome the fear of buses. But the show must go on."