Kirk Hammett is no stranger to horror. The Metallica guitarist has been fascinated by the film genre since he was a young child, and over the years has amassed one of the world's most extensive collections of horror-movie memorabilia and posters. He's showcased select pieces at festivals, including Metallica's Orion Music + More and his own Fear FestEvil, as well as in his 2012 book, Too Much Horror Business. But the crowning jewel came this fall when he received his first gallery showing at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. We met up with Hammett at the premiere of It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art From the Kirk Hammett Collection to get a first look at the impressive exhibit, before escorting him to the Salem Witch Museum where he received a history lesson on the real-life horror that went down in that town over three hundred years ago.

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October 13, 2017 ...And On Top of That

The Salem News: Artistic obession: Metallica guitarist stops by museum to show off his collection

Ladies and gentleman, the Ripper has entered the building.

Kirk Hammett, best known for his screaming lead guitar work in heavy metal band Metallica, arrived in Salem Friday night, a week removed from the opening of an exhibition showing his horror movie memorabilia collection at Peabody Essex Museum.

The exhibition is titled "It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection." It presents 135 pieces of Hammett's life-long collection of horror movie posters, props, costume parts and more, according to Lynda Hartigan, deputy director of the museum. The collection runs through Sunday, Nov. 26.

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August 23, 2017 ...And On Top of That

CNN: Metallica guitarist unveils his secret horror poster collection

The worlds of horror films, science fiction and heavy metal have always shared a set of thematic and aesthetic similarities -- blood, space, screams, monsters. Countless heavy bands from Slayer to System of a Down have been influenced by the books of William Gibson, Wes Craven, Clive Barker and Dario Argento, and schlock metal icon Rob Zombie has even directed several horror movies himself, including a remake of the classic "Halloween."

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August 14, 2017 ...And On Top of That

Rolling Stone: See Doc About Metallica Bassist's 12-Year-Old Son Touring With Korn

When family obligations sidelined Korn bassist Fieldy from the nu-metal group's South American tour last year, the band welcomed an unusual pinch hitter: Tye Trujillo, the 12-year-old son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. The tween accompanied the band on seven dates this past April, and the band's official videographer, Sébastien Paquet, created a 15-minute film, Korn and the Prodigy Son, about the experience, premiering at Rolling Stone.

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August 4, 2017 ...And On Top of That

Hear Heart, James Hetfield Sing Jagged Duet 'Beautiful Broken'

James makes a rare guest appearance on the title track of Heart's upcoming album, Beautiful Broken. The short, hard-rocking song originally came out as a bonus track on the group's 2012 LP Fanatic. The new version finds singer Ann Wilson trading verses about a hot mess of a woman amid jagged riffs with James, who provides harmonies and the occasional breakout.

June 16, 2016 ...And On Top of That


The critically-acclaimed independent movie Radio Dreams - featuring a Metallica-themed storyline with an appearance from our very own Lars Ulrich - continues its successful North American festival run in the coming weeks with screenings in Seattle and New York. Centered around the quest of Kabul Dreams - a rock band from Afghanistan - to meet their heroes Metallica, and the San Francisco-based Iranian radio station committed to helping them do so, Radio Dreams investigates musical passion and the importance of community support among several of the deeply moving sentiments it expresses. We don’t want to say much more than that - a film, after all, should be yours to enjoy on your own terms - needless to say that Lars was honored to have been invited to participate and is absolutely smitten with the final movie. Directed with love and passion by die-hard Metallica fan Babak…

May 11, 2016 ...And On Top of That

MetalSucks Podcast #125: Metallica’s Kirk Hammett

Our guest this week rounds out the Big Four of metal interviews for the podcast! Kirk Hammett of the mighty Metallica gives us some time to talk about his new Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal, how he keeps his work and life in balance, how he manages his busy schedule, how he views happiness and success — both personally and within the band — and why he decided to start a company, KHDK, to make boutique guitar pedals.

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December 4, 2015 ...And On Top of That

Lars Presents a Special Screening of "Amy" in San Rafael, CA

Join Lars as he presents a special screening of the film Amy at the Rafael Theater in San Rafael, CA on Sunday, November 15th at 6:00 PM PST. Amy tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse in her own words featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks. Following the screening, Lars will have conversation with the film’s award winning director Asif Kapadia.

We would like to invite Fifth Members to join us as we have ten pair of tickets to give away. Simply click here to enter and winners will be notified via e-mail on Thursday, November 12th.

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November 6, 2015 ...And On Top of That

Pre-Order Jaco: The Soundtrack

16 tracks and 3 brand-new recordings, JACO: Original Soundtrack is due out Nov 27. Included on the soundtrack will be Mass Mental performing "Come On Come Over" with Robert Trujillo, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Flea, Whit Crane, Benji Webbe, Stephen Perkins & C-Minus.

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October 23, 2015 ...And On Top of That

James Hetfield talks with EMGtv about guitars, pickups and more

Icon of the metal world, James Hetfield sits down with EMGtv to discuss his inspiration for the EMG Het Set and his three signature ESP guitars - Truckster, Snakebite, and Iron Cross. Like making music for his legendary band Metallica, James takes developing his signature sound very seriously. Watch as he talks about the past and the future of Metallica on EMGtv.

October 12, 2015 ...And On Top of That

Join Robert for the LA Premiere of JACO: A Documentary Film

Join Robert as he hosts the LA Premier of his award-winning film JACO on Sunday, November 22 at 7pm, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

The film chronicles the life of bass legend, Jaco Pastorius, who influenced an army of musicians in the 70s, and features numerous Pastorious disciples including Flea, Sting, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, and Carlos Santana praising Jaco, as well as people who jammed with him, including Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page and Matt Sorum.

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October 8, 2015 ...And On Top of That

Kirk's 'Ghoul Screamer' Pedal Available on Halloween

Guitarists of the world, this Halloween, 2015 will bring the consummate treat: KHDK's Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal. Conceived by guitar legend Kirk Hammett and designed by KHDK laboratories, the Ghoul Screamer is the perfect multipurpose guitar pedal, designed for the true guitar gearhead. The pedal will be available for purchase October 31. Of the Ghoul Screamer, iconic guitarist and KHDK co-founder Kirk Hammett commented: "I'm excited as HELL!" KHDK co-founder and industry vet David Karon added: "Kirk had a very specific vision for the Ghoul, to perfect a circuit loved by generations and create massive tones that redefine overdrive."

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September 28, 2015 ...And On Top of That

Mission To Lars Coming to America

The UK film "Mission To Lars" follows severely autistic Tom Spicer, whose lifelong dream is to meet Lars Ulrich. Tom has Fragile X Syndrome and has spent his adult life in a residential care home; ignored, for the most part, by his siblings, Kate and Will. He has only ever asked them for one thing, to meet Lars Ulrich, drummer with Metallica. The film follows the three siblings as Kate and Will decide to break their severely autistic brother Tom out of his home in a sleepy English town and take him to America to find Lars. The resulting film explores the family as they struggle with Tom's condition and their attempts to navigate their way through America and rock and roll, resulting in some frustration, some comedy, and ultimately Tom's dream comes true.

Previously only available outside of the U.S., the film will be available on iTunes in America starting this Friday,…

September 23, 2015 ...And On Top of That