Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil, a three-day horror convention founded and hosted by METALLICA guitarist and lifelong horror fan Kirk Hammett, took place this past weekend in San Francisco. The event kicked off on Thursday (February 6) and lasted through Saturday (February 8).
Kirk told KTVU.com his love for the horror genre came from watching “Creature Features” with Bob Wilkins on Channel Two in the ’60s and ’70s. “I’ve come full-circle,” said Kirk. “I used to watch ‘Creature Features’ every Saturday night… Bob Wilkins was one of my big inspirations.”
Check out a video report from KTVU.com.
Hammett told The Pulse Of Radio what he envisioned for Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil. “I’ve gone to San Diego Comic-Con, and I was just struck by how all it really is is a bunch of stuff to look at and a bunch of stuff to buy,” he said. “What I wanted to do with my convention is I wanted it to be an experience, you know. I wanted it to be interactive, I wanted it to have ambiance and atmosphere, and I wanted it to be unique and thrilling, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”
Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL included musical performances by Nuclear Blast artists EXODUS, CARCASS, DEATH ANGEL and ORCHID.
In addition to hosting the convention, Hammett joined EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL for their encores.
Hammett‘s relationship with DEATH ANGEL goes back more than two decades, when the METALLICA guitarist produced DEATH ANGEL‘s 1986 demo, “Kill As One”.
Hammett was a member of EXODUS‘ original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in METALLICA in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet original EXODUS singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group.
Hammett released a coffee table book in 2012 called “Too Much Horror Business” that featured photos of his extensive collection of monster and horror memorabilia.
He displayed a portion of his collection in the “Kirk’s Crypt” exhibition during the 2012 and 2013 Orion Music + More festivals.