Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is collaborating with legendary, reclusive Fleetwood Mac co-founder and guitar inspiration Peter Green. Planet Rock reports that Green is working on a book and music project with Berkshire, England-based Rufus Publications, who create bespoke, limited edition music books.
In a statement issued by Rufus to Planet Rock, the publisher says that the book is due for release later in 2020. Hammett was at Abbey Road Studios in London last week to record a piece of music for the project. He has also been photographed with Green, who in one image poses with a vinyl copy of Metallica’s Master of Puppets album. In another, they’re pictured together with Green’s famous 1959 Les Paul guitar, which Hammett now owns.
The Metallica guitarist is one of several guest artists who will feature on the project. The statement from Rufus reads: “Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, now 73, is a reclusive music legend, now living in retirement in the south of England. He spends most of his days playing guitar or drawing at home, creating a body of artwork over the last few years.
“Recently, he has been working with Rufus Publications on a special book and music project, scheduled for release later this year. As a result of the project, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who owns Peter’s classic 1959 Gibson Les Paul, has been contributing, first by going into Abbey Road and recording something very special with said guitar — known as ‘Greeny’ — and then by visiting Peter at his home and reuniting him with the guitar for the first time since Peter sold it to Gary Moore, 47 years ago.
“It was an astonishing meeting of two great, but very different, musicians who spent much of the afternoon discussing the guitar and the music that inspires them. Kirk played Peter the guitar track recorded at Abbey Road and the day ended with Kirk telling Peter he would be sending him a full set of Metallica recordings to listen to.
“The project Peter is working on with Rufus Publications is nearing completion and will be released later this year and will include several guest musicians playing on some unique recordings.”
On 25 February, Green’s fellow Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood will host an all-star tribute concert to his friend at the London Palladium. Artists taking part include Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler and Bill Wyman.