Kirk Hammett will battle Mrs Smith in a live guitar Cry Baby Battle Royale wah-off

Last year Mrs Smith, the guitar virtuoso alter-ego of actor-musician David Hanbury, laid the gauntlet down for Metallica's Kirk Hammett (opens in new tab); “I’m the number-one wah-wah (opens in new tab) abuser,” Smith said on camera in full grey beehive-crowned attire. “I abuse the wah (opens in new tab) more than Kirk Hammett and I’ve challenged him multiple times to a wah-off. Why are you hiding behind your wah-wah pedal, Kirk Hammett?” 

This time it struck a nerve. 

(Image credit: worldofsmith.com)

“Challenged received and accepted,” Hammett replied on Instagram (opens in new tab), before adding the hashtag “#wahoff.” Now the two players are preparing to face off in a Cry Baby Battle Royale onstage in Columbia, South Carolina on 8 March.

It's being billed as 'the battle to end all battles' and we think this could get very fierce indeed. 

Hammett will appear with Smith as part of a night featuring The Wedding Band – a lineup that includes the Metallica lead man alongside bandmate Rob Trujillo (opens in new tab) on bass, Ugly Kid Joe's Whitfield Crane on vocals, Bad Wolves (opens in new tab)' Doc Coyle on rhythm guitar, former QOTSA and Mars Volta member Jon Theodore (opens in new tab) on drums.

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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.