Almost a decade before he picked up the guitar, a six-year-old Kirk Hammett started collecting horror memorabilia, inspired by a love of old zombie flicks. Fans will have an opportunity to peek inside his ghoulish trove with Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection, the rocker’s new coffee-table book featuring over 300 images of his prized possessions.
Hammett is keeping busy with the new book and his very own toyline – KVH, based on his spooky alterego, Kirk Von Hammett. In his spare time, he plays in a band named Metallica. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kirk was asked about Metallica’s influence on Kurt Cobain:
Is it true that the album cut “Whiplash” was Kurt Cobain’s favorite Metallica song?
Absolutely. He told me that himself. He came to one of our shows in Seattle, on the Black Album tour. I remember at one point, we were playing “Whiplash,” and he looked at me and kept punching the air with his fist, and gave me a big thumbs-up sign. I was like, “Cool. Kurt, I know you love this song. This one’s for you!” I knew Kurt kind of well, and I hung out with him quite a bit. He was a pretty big Metallica fan – I was surprised at how much of a Metallica fan he was. He loved Ride the Lightning. He loved that album.”