Metallica’s Kirk Hammett shows Anthrax what’s up – Video

March 30th, 2013 by

Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett on stage with Anthrax at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is probably one of the most well known heavy metal guitarists of all time. Anthrax is a band that are recognised as one of the great pioneers of the genre. So when these two monstrous forces collided on Thursday (28th of March 2013) at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, it was certainly a spectacle to behold. And better yet we have footage of Kirk Hammett strutting his stuff alongside his fellow rock legends from Anthrax. This is the second awesome guest appearance we’ve talked about this week on our blog. Also both at the same venue. Very unfair. I’ll go make sad faces in a corner and cry because I don’t live nearby. Anyway I digress, Kirk’s appearance delivered a thunderous cover performance of AC/DC’s classic rock anthem “TNT” which is Anthrax’s newly released “Anthems” EP. You can watch the fan-filmed video footage of Kirk and Anthrax below.

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante Spoke to Music Radar recently, where he talked about the band’s recent cover version of AC/DC’s classic track “TNT” “This was Joey’s [Belladonna, vocals] track.” He said “We already had ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ recorded, but he wanted ‘TNT’. I can see why: his voice totally lends itself to this track.” He said smiling.

“AC/DC is probably one of the greatest bands ever.” Claimed Benante enthusiastically “They came in with a certain sound, and they’ll end with that same exact sound. They never altered it; they just stayed true to what they were. To me, that’s an honest-to-goodness rock ‘n’ roll band.”

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Anthrax share the stage with Kirk Hammet for AC/DC’s classic anthem TNT

Benante continued “It would have been obvious to pick something off of ‘Highway To Hell’ or ‘Back In Black’, and so we didn’t. [laughs]” Benante then went on to talk about his dedication to keeping the track as faithful to the original as possible “I studied every Phil Rudd lick, and I did not go overboard with anything. I played exactly what he played on ‘TNT’. You can’t do a fast drum fill on the song — it’ll stand out as being out of place. I laid it down, pulled it back, and that was that.”

Anthrax’s long-awaited, eight-track EP “Anthems”, pays tribute to some of the band’s favorite acts from the 1970s. The EP sold relatively well at around 8,500 copies in the United States, during its first week which went on to debut at 52nd on The Billboard 200 chart.

Anthrax’s latest full-length offering, entitled “Worship Music”, sold a massive (by today’s standards) 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 12. Which out performed their last record by by almost 3 times the amount of units sold and charted over 100 places higher. A big positive move for the band.


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  1. Andy says:

    I grew up listening to Anthrax. Great band!!! High energy! They always put a smile on my face 🙂

    In recent years they have gone a bit of a different route though using pentagrams as album art and props on stage as seen here. It’s unfortunate that they jumped on the “psuedo-satanic” band wagon along with others in recent years. This isn’t even what they are about. Pentagrams don’t say high energy, party, fun, or anything else that I knew Anthrax to represent. They are being marketed as a dark and evil band. This is a misleading representation of Anthrax to capture what the public supposedly wants to see of this band. I’m not knocking the musician’s themselves. They are great performers and writers!!! My concern is with the “Marketing” department. The pentagram thing is getting too common and way over used. I hope that they get back to their roots and take a close look at what they want people to get out of their music and performances.

    Charlie Benonte (drummer of Anthrax) Quote listed above:
    “AC/DC is probably one of the greatest bands ever.” Claimed Benante enthusiastically “They came in with a certain sound, and they’ll end with that same exact sound. They never altered it; they just stayed true to what they were. To me, that’s an honest-to-goodness rock ‘n’ roll band.”

    So I ask… Who is Anthrax? Is it really what’s portrayed in the pics above?

    Stay true brothers!!!