AND SO HAMMETTGATE COMES TO A CONCLUSION
We’ve all had a good laugh at the expense of both Kirk Hammett and the child he kicked this week, but now Metallica have released a statement regarding the issue in an effort to put it to bed once and for all.
“In the whacky world of rock’n’roll, sometimes stuff happens which looks even weirder than it really is! And with context being vital in these situations, we just wanted to address something which happened on the tour the other night regarding a large beachball, a band member’s foot and a little girl. Some of you will have seen on Youtube (or read in some reports) that Kirk knocked a small child offstage by kicking a beachball at her. That little lady is the daughter of the stage manager and dressing coordinator, who are fortunate to travel as a family on this tour. She was thoroughly enjoying watching the beachballs drop from the rafters, Kirk was thoroughly enjoying kicking the beachballs off the stage and back into the crowd as has been done every night on the tour, and neither of them saw the other. The poor wee one happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She wasn’t hurt. She didn’t go ‘flying several feet into the audience.’ And Kirk and she remain good buddies. It’s very cool that everyone showed concern and support though, so we just wanted to say ‘it’s all good’ and thanks for asking.”
I think everyone basically understood that already, but there, now it’s official. Kirk Hammett does not hate little girls. Great.
And look, they even included a picture of Kirk and the lil’ tyke just to make sure we know that they are, indded, still “good buddies!”
How she doesn’t even have a bruise I dunno. Is this photoshopped? Are Kirk’s legs really that weak? Did they get her to smile by promising never to play “I Disappear” live again? Whatever. Hopefully the band just learns not to have any little girls dressed like Cinderella on the side of the stage anymore. It’s a Metallica concert, not a Winger show, y’know what I mean?
[via Metal Underground]