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Kirk Hammett: Champion of Journalism

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett wants the world to get old school again -- at least when it comes to how it gets its news.

Hammett tells us that in an age of fake news and social media he's hoping that people will turn back to tried-and-true sources of accurate information and perspective:

“I'm hoping that people will realize that the Internet is not the beginning and the end for all their information. I'm hoping that there'll be a new movement of emotional awareness and correctness where people realize that the only real sort of, like, truth and integrity in journalism and news will only be gotten through newspapers and magazines and not through the computer and people will embrace this and there will be a real balance brought back to journalism. I really believe that's what's going to be needed. People are going to go back to printed paper, printed media because that's tried and true and tested."


Earlier this month Hammett declared his intention to engage President-elect Donald Trump in a Twitter war, but that so far has not transpired.

Hammett and Metallica head overseas in January for shows in Asia, Europe and South America, with a North American tour expected to be announced soon in support of their chart-topping new album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.