Kirk - Hall of Fame & Behind the Music

Dec 27, 2001

Recognized for his guitar virtuoso, Kirk Hammett has been selected by the readers of "Guitar World" magazine as the first recipient of the annual Hall of Fame Award.

The March issue (on newsstands February 1, 2002) will include an interview with Kirk tracing the history of Metallica, as well as covering the present with a look into the future. The piece will include new pix along with never before seen photos.

Kirk hard at work
Guitar World Photo session

"Guitar World" editor Brad Tolinski thinks the readers made a great choice with Kirk saying "he's really contributed something significant to modern music."

VH1 will have an episode of "Behind the Music" focusing on the band Anthrax. Anthrax and Metallica were formed around the same time and have a great history together. Kirk was one of the guests to be interviewed for the episode.

After Metallica signed their first record deal in 1983 they went to New York to record Kill 'em All. In New York they lived and rehearsed at "The Music Building" and Anthrax was rehearsing next door.
-"Anthrax was really nice and helped us out a lot. They gave us a fridge and a toaster oven.", said Kirk about his friends.

- "The Music Building was something else. I found a piece of foam on the ground, and I used that as a my mattress to put my sleeping bag on. The people that owned it didn't put any time into it. The place had no hot water. I remember washing my hair in the sink using cold water, it was brutal." Kirk described the place they lived at for a while.

The recording of Kirk's part in
Anthrax - Behind the Music

The interview took place at Kirk's house on Dec 18th and it covers many interesting and funny memories Metallica shared with the guys from Anthrax.