Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Discusses His Career In New Episode Of Gibson’s “Icons” Series

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is featured in the latest episode of Gibson‘s “Icons” series. The documentary focuses on the guitarist’s life in music and it can be found below:

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Metallica And ZZ Top Members Performing Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)”

Pro-shot footage of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and more performing a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)” can be seen below. The live video was recorded during a tribute show for Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green on February 25 at the London Palladium. The full concert, which took place several months before Green’s death, will be screened in cinemas across the U.K. on March 23 and March 28, 2021. After that, the film will be released as a gatefold 4LP set, a 2CD/Blu-ray mediabook, and digitally on April 30, 2021.

Peter Green (Ex-Fleetwood Mac) Tribute Show Featuring Metallica, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Etc. Members To Be Screened In Theaters

On February 25, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, Jonny Lang, and more paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green during a special concert at the London Palladium. Now, the show, which took place several months before Green’s death, will be screened in cinemas across the U.K. on March 23 and March 28, 2021. After that, the film will be released as a gatefold 4LP set, a 2CD/Blu-ray mediabook, and digitally on April 30, 2021. Mick Fleetwood commented:

“The concert was a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music. Peter was my greatest mentor and it gave me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I was honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. ‘Then Play On’…”

Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, & Rage Against The Machine Members To Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen During 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) will be paying tribute to the late great Eddie Van Halen during the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. The virtual event will air on HBO and HBO Max on November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and the following artists will be inducted: Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex.

Metallica Have “A Lot Of Material” For Their Next Album

During a recent interview for a Metal Hammer cover story, Metallica discussed their new album plans. According to guitarist Kirk Hammett, the band have “a lot of material” written for the effort.

Hammett said the following:

“There’s a lot of material. I know I have tons, because I totally overcompensated. You know, last time around, it was a real shock to my system losing all those musical ideas. [Editor’s note: Kirk lost a phone with more than 300 pieces of music on it during the creative process for ‘Hardwired…’] So, I was very determined to try and make up for lost time. I also felt that, creatively, I have so much more to offer this time around.”

Bassist Robert Trujillo also commented:

“I’m not gonna speak on behalf of the other guys, but to me, it feels like this could be a very collaborative [writing process]. And for me personally, I love that. I love that we are in that head space to be more collaborative, and I think that’s very exciting for where we’re at now, the journey we’re about to take, the fact that those doors are opening like that.”

Hammett continued:

“It’s taking a couple of months, literally, for me to go through all [my ideas]. I’ve got a wealth of material, and so, at any given point when we all decide, ‘Okay, let’s start formulating a schedule to start writing songs and recording it.’ I’m ready. I’m there, from day one.”

Trujillo added:

“Kirk has so many ideas. It’s funny because sometimes it’s literally him in the kitchen and he’s cooking, and at the same time he’s playing you a riff, or you’re sitting on the toilet and he’s playing you some ideas. But when we started to understand that [the lockdown] was gonna happen, it was like, ‘Hey, let’s be creative’, you know? Let’s just get on it. A lot of times, when there’s a band that’s been around as long as METALLICA has, you find that one of the biggest problems is, ‘Man I can’t come up with a riff, I can’t come up with any good lyrics, it’s just harder to write songs’, but that just doesn’t seem to be the problem with us. Not taking anything away from any other bands, but sometimes our worst riff might be another band’s A-list riff.”

Watch Metallica Perform The National Anthem Before Last Night’s Giants vs. Rockies Game

Metallica and the San Francisco Giants held their eighth annual “Metallica Night” during last night’s (September 23) Giants vs. Colorado Rockies game. Frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett performed the national anthem for the event, while bassist Robert Trujillo threw the first pitch. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all of that was done remotely this year.

KnuckleBonz To Release New “Rock Iconz” Statues Of Metallica In Early 2021

KnuckleBonz will be releasing new “Rock Iconz” statues of Metallica next year. The figures are based on the band’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” era and they are expected to be released in January or February 2021. The statues are limited to 3,000 pieces and they can be pre-ordered HERE.

Kirk Hammett Has “Over 600 Ideas” For Metallica’s Next Album

During a recent interview with Uproxx, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett talked about working on new material during the ongoing quarantine. The guitarist said he currently has “over 600 ideas” to go through for the band’s next album.

Hammett said the following:

“We have weekly check-ins, and the dialogue has been steered towards what we’re going to be doing in the immediate future. And I’ve been using this time to go through all my musical ideas that I’ve come up with. In the last three or four years, it’s over 600 ideas. It’s taken me a couple of months to go through it all. But they’ve been sent into the big musical idea bank, and we’re starting to talk about going through all that stuff, and exchanging ideas, and just starting to get the ball rolling towards creating some new material.”

He also added:

“There’s a lot we can do remotely, but I really think that we all need to be together in the same room, to really create some really, really, really great songs and music. The magic really happens when we’re all in the same room, breathing the same air, even though that can be deadly.”

Watch Kirk Hammett, John 5, & Charlie Benante Perform Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax) has shared footage of himself performing Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut” with Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.) during a rehearsal for Hammett’s 2015 Fear FestEvil in San Jose, CA. You can watch that below:

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Working On New Riffs

Considering virtually everyone is stuck inside right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is using his time to work on new riffs. He said the following:

“Things are most definitely not business-as-usual, but I’m good, staying safe, working on riffs … hope you are all okay out there as well 🖤🖤🖤”