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Metallica Guitarist’s Horror and Heavy Metal Festival Moves to San Jose

Metallica's Kirk Hammett throws second annual event

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After debuting last year in San Francisco, horror and heavy metal event,  Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil has moved to San Jose, taking place from April 11 to 12 at Rockbar Theater.

Metallica's lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is one of the world's leading collectors of horror movie memorabilia, highlights of which he displays prominently at Fear FestEvil. He's got incredibly valuable artifacts that date back to the early 20th century and spill into almost every room in his house, including the creature that protrudes from Sigourney Weaver's chest in Alien and a full-sized Bride of Frankenstein mannequin.

He's also slipped his fingers into the infamous Freddy Kreuger gloves from the Nightmare on Elm Street series. "Freddy Kreuger gloves, when you put 'em on, are really fun," he said. "There's something about having those knives at the end of your fingers, just waiting to slash something. I used to have a butterfly knife but it's not the smartest thing to play with when you are a guitarist."

This year's festivities are set to feature live performances by Agnostic Front, Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Blues Pills, Ghoul, and Asada Messiah. Hammett will also debut an outdoor "Carnival of Chaos" with games and a freak show.

Last year's Fear FestEvil drew attendees from as far away as Norway and Australia. Many looked like fans one would see at a Metallica show, while others dripped with zombie makeup and gore. 

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