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Metallica shows no signs of self-destruction

Metallica shows no signs of self-destruction

Thirty-four years into his career as Metallica's lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett's routine around this time remains the same. Tour is about to start, so it's time to run.

"It's important for me to be in shape, and make sure my cardio is up," Hammett said on the phone recently from his San Francisco home. "Running around on stage for two hours or so with a 10-, 15-pound guitar, you know, it's taxing."

All older than 50 now, Metallica's members are more mindful of the physical toll that comes with a four-month tour (which kicks off Wednesday at M&T Bank Stadium). But musically, the California-based metal quartet nearly sounds three decades younger, again...