Watch Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Fall Onstage—and Laugh About It—in Milan

During a rainy show at the Ippodromo del Galoppo di San Siro in Milan, Italy on May 8, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett slipped and fell onto the stage. Hammett had just finished up his wah solo on the Hardwired… to Self-Destruct track “Moth into Flame” when his right foot flew off the front of the pedal and sent him hurtling backward. He sat up a few seconds later, a smile on his face and his hands back on the fretboard.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.