Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Premieres “High Plains Drifter” Video

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) has premiered a new video for his song “High Plains Drifter.” This track is from his new solo EP “Portals,” which will be released on April 23.

Hammett previously said the following about the song, which was named after a 1973 Clint Eastwood film:

“[It] was not meant to be specifically music for that film, but it was once it was written, I immediately thought it conveyed the same sentiment as the film, so the piece was christened accordingly.”

He also added:

“The music for ‘High Plains Drifter‘ initially came from a flamenco piece I had written. It was a two-and-a-half-minute piece, and I really liked it, but it was one of those riffs that would be hard to integrate into Metallica. I knew I wanted to do something with it, even though it came out spontaneously. I had been sitting outside messing around with a flamenco acoustic guitar I’d just bought, and it flowed out in the moment. I was determined it would have a life. It would have its moment.”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett To Host “The Original Monster Kids” Panel At “Midsummer Scream”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has revealed that he will be hosting “The Original Monster Kids” panel during the “Midsummer Scream” event at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA. The presentation will be held in the main stage ballroom on July 30 at 4:30 p.m. The panel will feature Sara Karloff, the daughter of Boris Karloff, Ron Chaney, the grandson and great-grandson of Lon Chaney Jr. and Sr., Lynne Lugosi Sparks, the granddaughter of Bela Lugosi, and Victoria Price, the daughter of Vincent Price. An executive producer for “Midsummer Scream” commented:

“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing this panel to the community. Through the years, we have hosted some pretty spectacular moments on our stage. Having these kids and grandkids of such important horror and pop-culture icons is not only a thrill, but also important and a very special look into the private lives of Hollywood royalty.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Premieres New Song “High Plains Drifter”

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) has premiered a new song titled “High Plains Drifter.” This track is from his new solo EP “Portals,” which will be released on April 23.

Hammett said the following about the song, which was named after a 1973 Clint Eastwood film:

“[It] was not meant to be specifically music for that film, but it was once it was written, I immediately thought it conveyed the same sentiment as the film, so the piece was christened accordingly.”

He also added:

“The music for ‘High Plains Drifter‘ initially came from a flamenco piece I had written. It was a two-and-a-half-minute piece, and I really liked it, but it was one of those riffs that would be hard to integrate into Metallica. I knew I wanted to do something with it, even though it came out spontaneously. I had been sitting outside messing around with a flamenco acoustic guitar I’d just bought, and it flowed out in the moment. I was determined it would have a life. It would have its moment.”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Teams Up With AMC Networks For New Comic Book Series “Nights Of Lono”

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Marcel Feldmar have joined forces with AMC Networks for the upcoming release of their new comic book series “Nights Of Lono.” The following was said about the series:

“Hammett and Feldmar’s Nights of Lono [working title] tells the story of a troubled female detective in 1989 Hawaii who is hired to find King Kamehameha’s tomb before it is discovered by an unscrupulous occultist from the mainland. A mix of mystery and supernatural adventure, the story is a self-aware journey through standard detective tropes and cliches that are sharpened and given new life with fresh takes on the myths and folklore of the Hawaiian Islands.”

In addition to the comics, Hammett will also be writing the foreword for AMC Networks’ upcoming “Creepshow” coffee-table book, “Shudder’s Creepshow: From Script To Scream.”

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) To Release Debut Solo EP “Portals” In April

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett will be releasing a new solo EP, titled “Portals,” on April 23 as part of Record Store Day. The effort, which will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally, will include the following tracks: “Maiden And The Monster,” “The Jinn,” “High Plains Drifter,” and “The Incantation.“

Metallica shared a description of the EP on their official website:

“True to its title, ‘Portals’ is a collection of gateways to musical and psychic destinations. Recorded around the world, from Los Angeles to Paris to Oahu, Portals is the result of Kirk’s life’s journeys and an invitation to tap into your own inner world. Heavily influenced by classical music, soundtracks, horror movies, and maybe a little Ennio Morricone, Kirk wanted the EP to span the decades and touch upon all the horror he loves. The idea behind the EP was to have all the songs flow into each other, so he relied on a whole cast of his friends to record the four songs.

Produced by Kirk, ‘Portals’ is comprised of the songs ‘Maiden and the Monster’ and ‘The Jinn’ on side A, followed by ‘High Plains Drifter’ and ‘The Incantation: on side B. The latter two were co-written with Edwin Outwater, who you may remember from ‘S&M2.’ Outwater also contributed keyboards and led the orchestral players from the LA Philharmonic on ‘Portals.’

Other familiar names amongst the ‘Portals’ players include drummers Jon Theodore (Kirk’s fellow Wedding Band member) and Abraham Laboriel, Greg Fidelman on bass, Emmy-winning arranger Blake Neely, and Bob Rock.”

Hammett also added:

“Initially, before I even had the idea for a solo EP, I was inspired by the need to create some sort of soundtrack music to accompany The Kirk Hammett Collection for the first ‘It’s Alive‘ exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, 2017. I wanted to conceive music to play on a loop in the background as people walked through the exhibit. I sat down one night with a progression, and before I knew it, all the parts were there for ‘Maiden and the Monster.’

The initial concept for ‘Portals‘ started with that one song. Following that, I realized I could create different soundtrack moments. These songs are what I call ‘Audio Cinematic;’ I’m creating sounds and pieces of music for the movies playing in my head. Hopefully they’ll create movies in other people’s heads in a similar fashion.”

Alex Lifeson (Rush) Says He Contributed To A New Track With Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) & Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

It looks like Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Kirk Hammett (Metallica) will be featured on a new track from Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). Lifeson recently revealed the news during an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock.

Lifeson said the following:

“I think this is a project that [Morello]’s working on with a bunch of different musicians. I don’t really know what the future holds for it, but I really loved doing it.”

“He said, Put whatever you want on it — the more, the merrier. He was going to give it to Kirk Hammett, and Kirk was going to do the same thing.”

He also added:

“Being the contrarian, I did all of [these other styles], not just heavy rock stuff. We were all talking to each other while we were doing it, and we just had such a riot. I sent my stuff in and it went to Kirk then, and he sent his stuff in.”

Lifeson also revealed that he has already listened to an early mix of the track:

“It’s really some fun music. It’s so Tom Morello, his parts. I just smiled the whole way through listening to it. I thought it was really, really cool the way it turned out.”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Loses To Mrs. Smith In “Cry Baby Battle Royale” Wah-Off

Kirk Hammett recently took his love of the wah-wah pedal to the battlefield as he challenged Mrs. Smith in the “Cry Baby Battle Royale” wah-off. However, the Metallica guitarist ultimately lost the fight. You can see footage of that below. The event took place at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina on March 8, the same night Hammett performed with The Wedding Band.

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett To Take On Mrs. Smith In “Cry Baby Battle Royale” Wah-Off

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett will take his love of the wah-wah pedal to the battlefield as he challenges Mrs. Smith in the “Cry Baby Battle Royale” wah-off. The event will take place at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina on March 8, the same night Hammett is set to take the stage with The Wedding Band. This news comes after Smith previously challenged Hammett to a battle in January 2019.

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett On Possible Solo Album: “One Of These Days When It Feels Right”

During an interview with Metal Hammer, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett talked about the possibility of recording a solo album at some point. The guitarist says he still has “so much to give Metallica” but he wouldn’t rule out doing a solo effort “when it feels right.”

Hammett said the following:

“I have so much material sitting around that’s obviously not Metallica stuff, and that pile gets bigger and bigger. One of these days when it feels right… I still feel I have so much to give Metallica. When that feels more complete, maybe I’ll think about doing that other stuff.”

He continued:

“It would not look like a metal album at all. It’ll be something so weird and far-ranging in styles, but cohesive at the same time. I wouldn’t be surprised if all of us did some solo, independent, autonomous sort of thing. I think it’s healthy, and if anything, when you come back to the band you’d come back with more enthusiasm. It’d feel like going on a little camping trip, and it’s always good to come back home to a nice warm bed!”