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.

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‪KIRK HAMMETT VS. MRS. SMITH‬ ‪CRY BABY BATTLE ROYALE‬ ‪March 8 at The Senate in Columbia, SC‬ ‪ ‬ ‪Who would dare challenge the status of @KirkHammett as King of the Cry Baby Wah Pedal? His reign has long been undisputed and recognized by millions of fans the world over, not to mention Wah manufacturers, @jimdunlopusa, who feature a Kirk Hammett Signature model. Last year, the gauntlet was thrown down by a most unlikely challenger… Mrs. Smith! New York City-based philanthropist, emerging guitar goddess, and lover of all cats (as well as some people), @smithcatmrs has dared to proclaim that she is, in fact, the #1 Abuser of the Wah. Kirk has accepted her challenge, and now these two will finally go head to head (foot to foot?) in a Cry Baby Battle Royale for the ages on March 8th at The Senate in Columbia, SC! Get tickets for this once in a lifetime showdown now! LINK IN KIRK’S BIO #CryBabyBattleRoyale #WAHOFF #kirkhammett #smithcatmrs‬

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Metallica Reschedule Second Annual “All Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert”

Metallica’s second annual “All Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert” has been rescheduled. The event will now take place at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA on September 12.

The band commented:

“Time to update the calendar as the second installment of the All Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert has been rescheduled for September 12, 2020, still at the Masonic in San Francisco. A few of you may recall that in September as we were riding high on all the positive vibes that came out of the two S&M² shows, we were excited to announce that we had set aside March 28th to celebrate AWMH with all of you again. However, we may have been a little too ambitious with that date in terms of getting our shit together and giving you an experience that matches or surpasses the first event held in November of 2018.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this change may cause and thank you for all the support and love that you’ve given All Within My Hands. We’ve had some incredible accomplishments in the last two years, including the launch of the innovative Metallica Scholars program (more on year two here) and are excited to share all the details—and a kick-ass show—with you later this year.

More information and ticketing details coming very soon.”

The Wedding Band (Metallica, Ugly Kid Joe, Etc.) Announce Columbia, South Carolina Show

The Wedding Band, the covers group featuring guitarist Kirk Hammett (Metallica), bassist Robert Trujillo (Metallica), vocalist Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe), and guitarist Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), will be performing at The Senate in Columbia, South Carolina on March 8. The band will also be joined by drummer Jon Theodore (ex-The Mars Volta) and vocalist Bobby Patterson at this show.

Metallica’s Scholars Initiative Enters Its Second Year

Metallica’s scholars initiative will be entering its second year in 2020. The initiative seeks to support community colleges and their career and technical education programs.

Metallica commented:

“After an amazing first year with results including 95% job placement rates, we’re very proud to announce that All Within My Hands has just launched year two of the highly successful Metallica Scholars program, a major workforce education initiative. The grants provide direct support to community colleges offering skills and services to students who are looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program.

Year two of the Metallica Scholars Initiative will add five more community colleges, bringing the total number of schools to 15. It will also receive matching grants from new partners, supplementing All Within My Hands’ cumulative $1.5 million contribution.

Once again AWMH has partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a Washington, D.C. based organization that represents the nation’s 1,103 community colleges. The awards are designed to provide support of relevant job skill training for community college students and reinvest in communities that supported us during our recent U.S. tours.

Our 2019 Metallica Scholars have exceeded all expectations and inspired us in more ways than we could have possibly imagined when this program was launched last year. You can read some of their stories on AWMH’s Scholar Spotlight page.

Thanks to your continued support, we’re able to expand this program while we remain focused on the fight against hunger and aiding communities around the world who have suffered in natural disasters.

Visit AllWithinMyHands.org to learn more about the program and view a list of the colleges receiving grants.”

Metallica Pay Tribute To Ray Burton: “His Light, Wisdom And Energy Will Always Be With Us All Wherever We Go”

As previously reported, Ray Burton, the father of late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, has sadly passed away at the age of 94. The band have since paid tribute to Ray via their official website.

Metallica shared the following joint statement:

“It is with incredible sorrow that we said farewell to Cliff’s dad Ray Burton last week. For 38 years, we were lucky enough to have the energy, wisdom and light of Ray in our lives. His eternal youth with his drive, positivity and relentless smile were both incredibly powerful and stirringly honest.

From coast to coast and overseas too, Ray’s beaming face would regularly greet us, offering warmth and anchor to our travels, and when it came to the entire Metallica family, band, crew and fans, he viewed us all as his own. That he has passed away leaves an indefinable feeling of sadness and loss, but equally, we know Ray wouldn’t want us ‘moping around on our darn keisters’ for too long.

So, in honor of him, and the kind of man he was, we also want to truly celebrate the 94 years of life Ray gave everyone, knowing in certainty that a glint of his light, wisdom and energy will always be with us all wherever we go.

We love you Ray,
Rest in peace”

Each member of the band have also shared individual tributes:

James Hetfield:

“Mr. Ray Burton is a hero of mine
In earthly form, his end of the line
He weathered many a difficult storm
A strong compass
true and gracefully worn
To his last breath, I’ve not met a more positive man
And to his son there was not a more loyal fan
So he leaves the material world to be with his sons and wife
I feel so very blessed to have had him grace my life
In earthly form, his end of the line
Mr. Ray Burton is a hero of mine

May peace be yours.

Love and Respect,
James”

Lars Ulrich:

“Ray…

Thank you for lighting up every room you walked into, for inspiring all of us with your positive energy, your perseverance, your effortlessness and for always making everyone feel comfortable in your presence… and of course, thank you for giving the world the gift of Cliff and his unique talents. I’m honored and humbled to have played and stood beside him.

Rest In Peace.

Lars”

Robert Trujillo:

“In my 55 years of existing on this earth I’ve met so many wonderful people, and not so wonderful people.

In recent times, and most definitely since I’ve been in Metallica, I’ve been asked who is an inspiration to me and/or who do I aspire to be like, and my reply is, ‘I want to be like Mr. Ray Burton!’ Ray is the father we all want, or need to have; his positive energy, and support for how and what we do is a powerful gift that he blessed us with.

Always smiling, and always telling it like it is; someone to learn from. Ray’s love for all styles of music was passion driven, telling me about various big band jazz artists from his youth, sharing his thoughts on how and why these musicians were so special. I’ll always remember him telling my son, ‘You practicing, you playing piano Tye, remember that’s very important for your music; Cliff played piano all the time.’

My family, the Metallica family, and the world will miss Ray Burton, that goes without saying. Ray was a warrior, and would want us to face life the way he has, with that desire to be the best you can be from the inside out, stay humble, and keep smiling!

We love you, and we will miss you Ray.

R.I.P

Robert”

Kirk Hammett:

“Lots of love Ray.

May you finally be with Cliff and Jan.

Kirk”

Metallica’s James Hetfield To Appear At Opening Reception For “Reclaimed Rust” At Petersen Automotive Museum

Metallica’s James Hetfield previously donated 10 custom classic cars to the Petersen Automotive Museum and now it has been revealed that he will be making an appearance at the opening reception in Los Angeles on January 30. The frontman will be taking part in a discussion and will also auction off two ESP guitars. Hetfield’s collection, which is being called “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection,” will feature: the Voodoo Priest, based on a ’37 Lincoln Zephyr, a ’36 Auburn roadster named Slow Burn, a Delahaye inspired ’34 Packard, Aquarius, a ’36 Ford in bare metal called Iron Fist, a purple ’56 Ford F-100 pickup truck, and three cars by custom fabricator Rick Dore: the Black Pearl, a custom 1948 Jaguar, a ’52 Olds named Grinch, and the Skyscraper, a 1953 Buick Skylark. More info on the reception can be found HERE.

[via Loudwire]