But now his wah supremacy is being challenged, and the electric guitar player throwing down the gauntlet is none other than Mrs. Smith, who Guitar World once called the love child of Dame Edna and Yngwie Malmsteen.
Mrs. Smith first stepped to Hammett in an interview last year on the Mark Agnesi Show (opens in new tab), telling Agnesi:
“I abuse the wah more than Kirk Hammett and I’ve challenged him multiple times to a wah-off. No response.
“Why are you hiding behind your wah-wah pedal, Kirk Hammett?”
Well, Hammett is hiding no more. The Metallica man has now accepted Mrs. Smith’s challenge, and the two will go head to head – or, as the ad puts it, “foot to foot,” in a Cry Baby Battle Royale.
The filter fireworks happen March 8 at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina. And to make the whole thing even weirder, Hammett’s Wedding Band covers project, with Robert Trujillo, Whitfield Crane and others, will be performing as well.
For more information or to purchase tickets, head here (opens in new tab).