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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay of the Living Dead: Kirk Hammett and Veronica Carlson Remember Christopher Lee

Bay of the Living Dead: Kirk Hammett and Veronica Carlson Remember Christopher Lee

Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead, a twice a month column about the horror genre. Sir Christopher Lee has died at age 93. With his passing, an era has ended. Lee was the last of the great, old school…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Revelations, Metallica Phone Mishaps, and Kanye Working at The Gap

This Week: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Revelations, Metallica Phone Mishaps, and Kanye Working at The Gap

While the annual round of always-quotable, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions are coming up first today, elsewhere this week, things have erred on the dark side. From Cyndi Lauper shaming senators for their homophobia and Lauren Mayberry standing…
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Music, All Shook Down Exodus Singer Steve "Zetro" Souza on Reuniting With the Band and Listening to Slayer

Exodus Singer Steve "Zetro" Souza on Reuniting With the Band and Listening to Slayer

During the early 1980s, clubs like San Francisco's On Broadway and Ruthie's Inn in Berkeley served as the filthy, beer-and-sweat soaked petri dishes that incubated the Bay Area's thrash-metal scene. The region produced numerous influential bands including Testament, Possessed, and…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica's Kirk Hammett on What He Loves About Horror

Metallica's Kirk Hammett on What He Loves About Horror

From the latest SF Weekly: Kirk Hammett on his new Fear FestEvil: I've been attracted to horror movies ever since I was a young child. Back then I just loved getting scared. It was a very exciting thing for me…
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Music, Metallica's Kirk Hammett Talks Fear FestEvil, His New Horror and Metal Gathering

Metallica's Kirk Hammett Talks Fear FestEvil, His New Horror and Metal Gathering

If you couldn't already tell by some of the ghoulish faces painted on his favorite axes, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is a serious horror fan. His San Francisco home houses the world's second-largest collection of horror memorabilia, including rare posters…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle We rounded up the 10 best Bay Area metal albums of 2013, and it wasn't all about Deafheaven — though their breakthrough was arguably the biggest S.F. success story of the year. If you missed Hot Lunch, Vhöl, Grayceon,…
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Music, All Shook Down Kirk Hammett To Perform With Exodus, His Old Band, at Fear FestEvil in Feburary

Kirk Hammett To Perform With Exodus, His Old Band, at Fear FestEvil in Feburary

As any self-respecting metalhead knows, Kirk Hammett was not Metallica's original lead guitarist. He joined up after fiery redhead and consummate asshole Dave Mustaine got the boot. And Hammett wasn't just out there in the ether, doing nothing -- he…
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Music, Hear This Exodus: Show Preview

Exodus: Show Preview

Pioneering East Bay thrash-metal outfit Exodus could have imploded when Metallica nicked its founding guitarist, Kirk Hammett, to replace drunken douchebag Dave Mustaine in 1983. Instead, the Gary Holt-led quintet has spent the better part of three decades cementing its…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica's Kirk Hammett To Host Horror Movie Benefit at Balboa Theatre

Metallica's Kirk Hammett To Host Horror Movie Benefit at Balboa Theatre

Kirk Hammett, Metallica lead guitarist and obsessive horror film collector/expert, is also a San Francisco native. Next month, he's hosting an event that will meld two of those biographical points -- horror and cinema in San Francisco -- when he…
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Music, Keeping Death: Kirk Hammett's House of Horrors

Keeping Death: Kirk Hammett's House of Horrors

"That Nosferatu poster is literally one of a kind. Well, maybe." Kirk Hammett laughs, indicating the iconic, hook-nosed visage of F.W. Murnau's vampire hanging above his fireplace. We're in the living room of Hammett's San Francisco home, an unassuming Spanish-style…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle Hometown guitar hotshot Joe Satriani, who taught Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett among others, shredded like the bald god he is Thursday night at the Fox Theater, and even brought out pal Sammy Hagar for the encore. Local writer Michael…
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Music, Metallica: Metal heroes once more

Metallica: Metal heroes once more

"We will always be a Bay Area band till the day I die," Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says with heartfelt emphasis. "We pride ourselves as being part of the musical history of the Bay Area." As the metal titans play…
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Music, Reviewed Metallica

Metallica

It's great to hear guitarist Kirk Hammett soloing again, and Lars Ulrich pounding a kit that sound like drums instead of trash-can lids. And hey, James Hetfield's voice has ceased to crack (he's still no crooner, of course). Not to…
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Film, Head Trip

Head Trip

Perhaps the most unlikely thing to capture on film is the creative process -- the spinning of gears, the tripping of wires, the breaking of hearts, and the snapping of tempers that goes into the making of art. Movies about…
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