Kirk Hammet

Through The Never: Orion Music + More / Metallica, Eric Church, The Sword, Baroness, Landmine Marathon, Ghost, A Place to Bury Strangers, Kyng, and more @ Bader Field in Atlantic City, 6/23-24/12

Hi. I’ve already got a piece up on GRAMMY.com about this…but it had to be edited down and there was just too much to say about this weekend. So here’s more. 1. Traveling to Atlantic City takes too long for people who live in most of the world. Also, Atlantic City is evil, and not […]

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Night City: The Sword, Dixie Witch @ Emo’s, 4/21/12

There’s something special about the hometown show. On Saturday night, Emo’s was filled with Texas metalheads- some who had driven many hours- there to support Austin’s very own The Sword. Swilling cheap beer and there in packs, the vibe was like Saturday Night Lights; it had the enthusiasm of a hometown playoff game. Dixie Witch […]

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Odyssey: Kyuss Lives, The Sword @ The Fox Pomona, 10/8/11

As I made my way to pick up my copilot to venture to the outskirts of LA, I passed something very fitting: “Exhale”…oh green pharmacies and their clever names. Pomona is a world away from LA; it was my first time out there and in typical small town fashion there was a street fair going […]

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Metallica, Lamb of God, The Sword @ Oracle Arena, 12/20/08

In 1992, when I was 12 years old, I asked my parents if I could go see the Metallica and Guns ‘n Roses show (which was supposed to be supported by Nirvana) in Houston. They told me, “sure, if you wear a football helmet”. I said, “no problem”. They rescinded the offer. Fast forward to […]

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The Sword @ Slim's, 10/10/08

I walked into Slim’s just in time to see The Sword come on stage, wriggling my way through the very dude-heavy, black clad, beard wearing crowd to get a spot where those damn posts didn’t obstruct my view. A banner sporting the band’s name hung behind them, in the fantasy metal style that any cool […]

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