Former METALLICA photographer Ross Halfin recently did a photo shoot with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, according to a posting at Halfin's web site."Nice and hot," Halfin writes in an August 5 diary entry at RossHalfin.co.uk. "Studio session today with Kirk Hammett of METALLICA. It's been so long since I photographed them, it's actually quite strange. Anyway, have a good time. Spend most of it talking. End up in 'the hood,' as they say in America. Shooting in Rosedale Cemetery. Kirk had both of the guitars he used on 'Master of Puppets'. "So, shoot him with crosses etc... "There is some strange stuff, crypts in the shape of pyramids — well, we are in Hollywood. He goes off to see THE MARS VOLTA and the very average SYSTEM OF A DOWN — I go shopping..." Check out photos from the Kirk Hammett photo shoot: Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3, Photo#4. Kirk also contributed an introductory note for Halfin's new METALLICA book, due out in November. Read the note here. Halfin also met up with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich a few days earlier. The following is Ross' August 1 diary entry: "Ugh — rain and it's August. Ran into the Prince of Denmark over the weekend — Lars Ulrich. He was charming, which rather threw me. It was the first time I'd had a semi-normal conversation with him since 1996. Lars made a jokey reference to my METALLICA page so he must have read it (or had his servant Stephen 'Cheeseburger' Chratzi show him it over a large lunch)... He was wearing a BUDGIE t-shirt, an original not a designer one. I told him I'd found my CULT 'We Don't Fit, And We Don't Care' tour shirt . THE CULT had it made for the crew when they toured with METALLICA. 'I don't remember that,' said Lars. 'Well, you wouldn't — they didn't give you one...' He said hello to my [girlfriend] in Danish and headed off with his chums Sean Penn and Bono. I must admit it was nice to run into him... Ouch, that's hard for me to say." (Thanks: The 4 Horsemen Website)
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