Artistic obession: Metallica guitarist stops by museum to show off his …

SALEM — Ladies and gentleman, the Ripper has entered the building.

Kirk Hammett, best known for his screaming lead guitar work in heavy metal band Metallica, arrived in Salem Friday night, a week removed from the opening of an exhibition showing his horror movie memorabilia collection at Peabody Essex Museum.

The exhibition is titled “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection.” It presents 135 pieces of Hammett’s life-long collection of horror movie posters, props, costume parts and more, according to Lynda Hartigan, deputy director of the museum. The collection runs through Sunday, Nov. 26.

Hammett will be at the museum

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