METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has been selected by the readers of Guitar World magazine as the first recipient of the annual Hall of Fame Award, the group's official web site, www.metallica.com, has announced. The March issue of the publication (on newsstands February 1st, 2002) will include an interview with Kirk tracing the history of METALLICA, as well as covering the present with a look into the future. The piece will include new pictures along with never-before-seen earlier photos (a picture of Kirk taken at the Guitar World photo session, which took place earlier this month, can be viewed at this location). According to Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski, the readers made a great choice with Kirk, saying "he's really contributed something significant to modern music."
In other news, Hammett was recently interview by VH1 for an upcoming Behind The Music special focusing on the band ANTHRAX. As many fans will undoubtedly know, ANTHRAX and METALLICA were formed around the same time and have a great history together. Kirk was one of the guests to be interviewed for the episode. The interview took place at Kirk's house on Dec 18th (check out a photo taken at the interview session here) and it covers many interesting and funny memories METALLICA shared with the guys from ANTHRAX. No air date is yet set but it is expected to be broadcast sometime in February/March.