Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett will be spending the weekend scaring people -- which is just what they want.
Hammett will host his first Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil through Sunday (February 9) in San Francisco, featuring guest speakers such as Slash, makeup artists from "Dawn of the Dead" and "The Walking Dead," stars from "Halloween," "Friday the 13th" and "Re-Animator" and more.
Hammett will display items from his personal horror memorabilia collection in Kirk's Crypt, and there will be performances by Death Angel, Carcass and Orchid, while Hammett will join his former band Exodus on stage.
Hammett tells us the FestEvil is an outgrowth of the Kirk's Crypt exhibits he curated for Metallica's two Orion Music + More festivals:
"The idea came from doing Kirk's Crypt... After we did that, I thought to myself, 'That was such a great and fun and amazing experience, there's no reason for me to, like, not keep on doing that.' And so I decided, 'Well, there's no reason for me not to have my own convention.' So it's pretty much what I'm doing, my own convention here in San Francisco. What it basically is is Kirk's Crypt but bigger and better, with more guests and also bands, metal bands, and I'm just totally into it and love it so much, and I'm so excited about it. I think I'm going to be the most excited person at the convention when it happens."
Hammett added that he's also looking forward to strapping on his guitar and playing with Exodus again: "I'm going to be playing with Exodus, which is gonna be a lot of fun for me 'cause I just love those guys to death, and any time I can get together and play music with those guys it's just a huge thing for me."
Highlights and updates of the FestEvil will be posted at www.fearfestevil.com. After the event wraps Hammett and Metallica will be hunkering down to work on the group's next album, the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic."