Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Says The Band Doesn’t Appreciate His Influences

In a new interview with Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, as part of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Musicians On Musicians” issue, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has complained that his contributions don’t make it into new Metallica albums because the band is not receptive to some of his outside musical influences. Continue reading

REVIEW: Metallica and The San Francisco Symphony Live at the Chase Center

A Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony review was written by a band kid.

Full disclosure: I’ve known about Metallica since they were a four-line advert in the back pages of physical rock magazines. My first year of high school Kie C. gave me a mixtape of No Life Til Leather and Kill ‘Em All in the band room. I. Was. Hooked. Master of Puppets was released and I played it non stop. I learned to play the entire album on my flute, by ear. My first Metallica show was in 1986 when they opened for Ozzy. I was front row. That was my place for the next thirty-three years and nine countries consisting of 60 shows. It’s a lifelong love affair. Continue reading

Metallica’s Thrash Classic “Ride The Lightning” Was Released 35 Years Ago

The history of thrash metal got another ring on the world-tree in 1984 with the release of Ride the Lightning (Megaforce/Elektra Records), the second album by Metallica. With better songwriting, tight production, and more originality than their debut Kill Em All (Megaforce), Ride moved the needle forward for the entire genre and cemented Metallica as the premiere band in the genre. Continue reading

Kirk Hammett Completes Second Classical Music Piece

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of Metallica has just finished composing his second classical music piece in conjunction with his wife Lani. Hammett revealed the news at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum on Tuesday (July 24), as part of an event launching “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection”, an exhibition of horror memorabilia from Hammett’s vast movie art collection. Dubbed “The Jinn”, the music was created to go along with the movie poster exhibition, which includes Hammett’s priceless collection of classic monster and Sci-fi movie art from “Dracula”, “Frankenstein”, “Barbarella”, “Bride Of Frankenstein”, “Creature From The Black Lagoon”, “Invasion Of The Saucer-Men”, “King Kong” and “Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein”. Continue reading

Watch Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett of Metallica Cover Ebba Grön’s “Staten Och Kapitalet” in Sweden

Metallica continued their Worldwired tour last night in Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden. During their typical break in the show where Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett play their solo pieces and then jam together, they covered famous Swedish Punk band Ebba Grön’s ‘Staten Och Kapitalet’. Watch the clip below. The WorldWired tour has played more than 130 shows across the world since its 2016 launch.

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Watch Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett Cover Rammstein in Berlin

At Metallica’s stop of the Worldwired tour at Olympiastadion in Berlin, Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett played a cover version Rammstein’s most popular song, ‘Engel’. At most shows, Hammett and Trujillo cover songs from local favorites and legends. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Podcast #183: Using Beef To Your Advantage


 Dumb and Dumbest Podcast is continuing to explore internet beefs and how to use them for marketing and promotion. .Episode number #158 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Using Beef To Your Advantage. Hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), they also offer The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below.  Continue reading