Arguably the most divisive album in the history of metal, no other record seems to split opinion quite likeMetallica’s The Black Album (Elektra). Otherwise known simply as Metallica, whenever the San Franciscan act’s fifth studio album is mentioned even in passing, the results are usually the same. Like a red rag to a bull, loud and vociferous “true fans” are still guaranteed to leap straight in with comments like “only the first four albums are real”, “sell-outs” and “commercial bullshit” etc.
Kirk Hammett of Metallica has been featured in the latest episode of “Icons,” in-depth interviews by Gibson TV, by Gibson guitars. In the latest episode of Gibson TV sits down with one of the most influential metal guitarists of all time, Kirk Hammett. Since 1983, Kirk Hammett has been the lead guitarist and member of Metallica. Prior to joining the band, he formed the group Exodus in high school with Gary Holt and helped invent thrash metal as one of the most influential guitarists of this age. Watch the clip here!Continue reading
Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees virtual ceremony last night, November 7th, 2020. The program aired on HBO and to stream on HBO Max November 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will replace the live 35th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony that was originally scheduled for May 2 of this year. Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65. The tribute was announced within days of his passing. The band was founded in 1974 and Van Halen was inducted into the Hall of Fame with his band in 2007. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductee class included Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff. Continue reading
Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello will pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees ceremony, now a livestream instead of a live concert and induction event. The program will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max November 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will replace the live 35th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony that was originally scheduled for May 2 of this year. Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65. The tribute was announced within days of his passing. The band was founded in 1974 and Van Halen was inducted into the Hall of Fame with his band in 2007. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductee class includes Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff. Continue reading
Metallica has shared a video to its Instagram stories showing the four members of the band playing together at their headquarters in San Rafael, California. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo can be seen playing the intro to “Creeping Death”, with everyone except Hetfield wearing face masks. It is not presently clear if Metallica is rehearsing for a specific event or if it is preparing to take part in a recording session. In early May, the four members of Metallica overcame social distancing to record a new version of their song “Blackened”, with each member separated in his own home. The split-screen video was posted to the band’s social media channels.
Jason Newstead, former member of Metallica, has shared a home video with fans while self-quarantining with his wife, Nicole.due to the coronavirus in his home in Jupiter, Florida. To date, Newsted has been part of the Jupiter community for nearly 20 years. He captioned the clip: “Just having some fun during Social Distancing”.Newstead who has had other projects post-Metallica such as Echobrain and his solo Metal band Newstead as well as a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s touring band and Voivod. More recently he has done some charity shows with The Chophouse band of which he is the frontman. He also famously quit all social media in 2014, and didn’t comment on it publicly until 2017. Jason was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo, in 2009.Continue reading
Metallica lead guitarist and thrash legend Kirk Hammett has been dethroned as the king of Wah-Wah pedal! He was challenged by Mrs. Smith, the guitar virtuoso alter-ego of actor-musician David Hanbury, and defeated last night (Sunday, March 8) at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina at the “Cry Baby Battle Royale”. The event also included a performance by Kirk’s The Wedding Band, a covers project, also featuring his Metallica bandmate Robert Trujillo and Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane, Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves, among others. The seven-minute battle was introduced by Gibson’s Mark Agnesi, who arranged the event during an interview with Mrs. Smith, and saw Hammett and Mrs. Smith trading licks over a reimagining of Isaac Hayes’s Oscar-winning “Theme From Shaft”, the original recording of which became infamous for the mind-blowing wah-wah guitar of the late Charles “Skip” Pitts. In the end, Hammett conceded that he had “just been out-wah’d,” proclaiming, “A moment in history has just occurred.” Watch it now!Continue reading
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett “It’s Alive! Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection” will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina through May 17. It’s Alive!” features more than 100 pieces including posters, toys, guitars, masks, and sculptures, many hailing back to the days of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Not only do these objects explore the power of graphic art in its own right, they have inspired Hamett’s work throughout his own artistic career.Continue reading
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
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