Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett will serve as the moderator at the famed horror festival, Midsummer Scream, on July 30th at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. Hammett will head up the panel that features relatives of the horror genre’s original stars. reported: “The 90-minute ‘Original Monster Kids’ panel will feature Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff; Ron Chaney, grandson and great-grandson of Lon Chaney Jr. and Sr.; Lynne Lugosi Sparks, granddaughter of Bela Lugosi; and Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price, as they share personal family stories, photos, and ‘perhaps a home movie or two,’ giving fans a very personal look into the private lives of the actors who brought some of film’s most iconic characters to life.”

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  • On Saturday (April 23rd) — Record Store Day — Kirk Hammett drops his first solo EP, Portals.
  • Portals features four instrumental tracks “Maiden And The Monster,” “The Jinn,” “High Plains Drifter,” and “The Incantation.”
  • The set was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris, and Oahu, and features Edwin Outwater — the musical director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada, along with members of the L.A. Philharmonic, drummers Jon Theodore and Abe Laboriel, Jr. — best known for his work with Paul McCartney, bassist Greg Fidelman, orchestrator Blake Neely, and famed producer Bob Rock.

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