Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett took a spill at a recent concert in Detroit and proceeded to curse like a sailor as he stepped off stage. In a fan-captured moment, the guitar legend stumbles and takes a hard fall onto the stage just as the band concludes their performance of “Moth Into Flame.” After a brief pause on the ground, Hammett rises with frustration and hurls his purple ESP guitar across the stage toward his guitar tech. Uttering a couple of profanities, he exits the stage with a mix of anger and intensity.
He quickly recovered, both mentally and physically, and returned to the stage to perform the next song, “Fight Fire with Fire,” and complete the rest of the set.
During previous performances, including the band’s appearance at the renowned Power Trip festival in Indio, California, Kirk Hammett encountered a minor hiccup while playing the intro to “Nothing Else Matters.” However, in those instances, he gracefully embraced the mistake, sharing a laugh with the audience, and seamlessly restarted the song.
Kirk Hammett’s Tumble is Part of Metallica’s Swan Song for 2023
According to Consequence, Metallica’s “M72 World Tour” concluded with the Detroit concert last Sunday. While it marked their final show of 2023, fans can look forward to more performances as the tour resumes next year with additional legs in Europe and North America. The metal legends will set out again on May 24, 2024, in Munich, Germany.
Meanwhile, Kirk Hammett has partnered with Epiphone to meticulously recreate his cherished original ’79 Flying V guitar. “I am extremely honored to be able to put out an Epiphone Flying V today,” Hammett explained in a press release. “Epiphone represents great sounding guitars at accessible prices, which is fundamentally important for up-and-coming musicians. I’m beyond pleased that I can offer the ’79 Flying V in this capacity. It means so much to me to be able to put good guitars in the hands of young players.”
According to NME, Hammett has not only released one but multiple signature guitars this year. In March, he collaborated with Gibson, a renowned guitar manufacturer, to produce replicas of his iconic “Greeny” Les Paul. The design of the guitar was inspired by the legendary 1959 model, famous in the guitar world for being owned by Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) and Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy), before eventually finding its way to the hands of the Metallica veteran.
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