Watch Kirk Hammett fail the intro to Nothing Else Matters and fall on the floor during Metallica's Boston Calling set

Kirk Hammett of Metallica
(Image credit: JeanPaul Cardenas/YouTube)

If you're ever doubtful of your playing, just know that even pro guitarists slip up at times. That's exactly what happened to Kirk Hammett during Metallica's recent headline set at Boston Calling, Massachusetts on Sunday (May 29). 

The guitarist – one of the most experienced and accomplished shredders in the world, we might add – had sailed through the band's raucous set, which featured hits including Seek & Destroy, One and Sad But True, and even kicked off the encore without a hitch with a blazing performance of Battery.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.