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Kirk Hammett Gets Political

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett started his promised Twitter war with U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend, taking aim at Trump's Inauguration speech with a series of pointed tweets.

Hammett wrote that "his asking us to put America first sounds, to me, familiar to what was said in speeches going around Germany in the 1930s...and later Russia in the 1940s."

Hammett also urged his Twitter followers to "Reject American carnage" and to "Pay attention people! Stand up for truth, compassion and togetherness. Don't settle for anything less. Reject lies, fear-mongering, misguided anger. The system wants us divided, so it's easier to control us emotionally."

Hammett had announced his intention to go mano y mano with Trump during December, and he tells us he feels moved to speak out right now:

"I think I just need to say the right things...I have to live my life in the one way that I know is right, and that's to be open and honest and to call out any dishonesty or unfairness or, like, evil. I think I'm gonna be really busy the next four years."


Hammett will also be busy with Metallica: The group is currently touring Asia, Europe, Mexico and South America to promote its new album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct. North American dates are expected to be announced soon.


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.