Each time I’ve interviewed Kirk Hammett of Metallica, we bond over our love of English bull terriers. When we last met up backstage at a gig in Nashville in January, we spoke of two things: dogs and his then-upcoming horror movie presentation at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
Kirk once owned two BTs and is as crazy about the breed as I am. Unfortunately, both of his dogs have passed on and Kirk says that they were such great companions that he hasn’t been able to get another dog. “One day,” he sighed.
I know how he feels, so at the end of the interview, I promised that when he came to the city for any appearances surrounding the exhibit, I’d bring one of my bull terriers to stay hello.
Yesterday, Kirk, along with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, drummer Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Danzig) and Whitford Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, Life of Agony) was at Cosmo Music to perform as The Wedding Band. It’s really just a bunch of guys having fun playing covers.
Robert told me the story of the group: They actually started out playing a couple of weddings for some friends in Hawaii. This Toronto show was just their third gig.
After a meet’n’greet with a fans and a pre-gig rehearsal (they jammed on Chic’s “Freak Out,” “Ace of Spaces” by Motorhead and “Highway to Hell” from AC/DC, I brought Schmooze, the elder of my two bull terriers, around to see Kirk. To say he was excited and thrilled.
“No WAY!” he exclaimed. What followed was Kirk on the floor communing with Schmooze. He also took a dozen selfies with her. I got these shots from above.
And the gig? It was good.