Surgery Sidelines Metallica Guitarist

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Kirk Hammett, guitarist for heavy-metal heroes Metallica, was rushed to a London hospital last weekend for an emergency appendectomy. According to a statement from Elektra Records, the group's label, Hammett was in London to promote the band's forthcoming collection of covers, Garage Inc., and is expected to make a full recovery. His surgery is not expected to affect the group's upcoming club tour in support of the album.