Metallica’s Kirk Hammett: ‘Because Of My Family History, I Always Felt Like An Outsider’

October 11, 2015

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recently did an interview with Collectors Weekly.

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Hammett has staged his own horror convention in the San Francisco area for the past couple years and has a huge memorabilia collection. He says he’s identified with the horror genre since a young kid and felt particular sympathy for Frankenstein’s monster, a misunderstood misfit who wanted to connect to his dad, because Hammett’s relationship to his own father was “not strong.”

Hammett says, “Believe it or not, I’m a totally introverted person.People see me onstage and see that I walk out in front 50,000 people not even batting an eyelash, but I’m just used to that. Because of my family history, I always felt like an outsider. I was super shy as a kid, very quiet and observant. I had trouble fitting into a lot of situations, and I felt like a monster myself. A lot of the stuff I saw the monsters experiencing on the screen, I had a version of that in my own life.”

Hammett told The Pulse Of Radio that he put the “Von” in the name of his toy line to keep that business separate from the rest of Metallica affairs. “I’m really trying to like keep them separate — my musical career and my horror career,” he explained. “It’s really important that one does not bleed into the other, because they’re two completely different things. And even though they’re two of my main passions, horror movies and music, I still feel the need — just out of respect for, you know, my other bandmates — to keep it separate.”

Speaking of the band, Metallica has reportedly been working on its tenth studio album. No plans to begin recording nor a tentative release date has been set.


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