Kirk Hammett

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May 23, 2022

Kirk Lee Hammett (San Francisco, California, November 18, 1962) is an American guitarist, currently a member of the thrash metal band Metallica. He is considered the ninth best guitarist of the moment according to Total Guitar magazine and number 11 according to a list of Rolling Stone magazine selected in 2003 by David Fricke, a contributor to it.[1] Kirk is one of the best known disciples of legendary guitarist and teacher Joe Satriani. In 2011 Rolling Stone magazine produced a new list based on the votes of renowned guitarists, including Kirk Hammett himself.[2]

Biography

Kirk Hammett was born in the city of San Francisco and grew up in the El Sobrante community. Hammett is of Filipino descent on his mother's side and Irish-American on his father's. From a very young age he showed a great interest in music as he started playing the guitar since he was about thirteen or fourteen years old. And in his brother Rick's large collection of hard rock records, including material by: Jimi Hendrix [3] (Hammett sometimes performs parts of some Hendrix songs during his solos), among others. He started playing at fifteen and his first guitar was a Montgomery Ward. After owning his first Strat in 1978, Hammett attempted to customize his sound with parts from various guitars. Hammett's musical interests led him into the genre known as thrash metal. In 1982 he formed the group Exodus, with vocalist Paul Baloff, guitarist Gary Holt, and drummer Tom Hunting. Exodus was crucial to the thrash metal movement in California during the 1980s.[3] In 1983, when Metallica was going to record their first studio album, Kill 'Em All, they invited Hammett to be part of the group, since the band's then lead guitarist, Dave Mustaine, was expelled due to alcohol problems. After recording the album, Hammett began taking guitar lessons from soloist Joe Satriani, from whom he learned new techniques and more melodic sounds for subsequent albums.[3] Satriani claims that Kirk was one of his best students. In 2002 he was given a spot in Guitar World magazine's "Hall of Fame". He has recorded and performed live with Metallica for over thirty years and is a role model for many modern guitarists. As the lead guitarist for Metallica, Hammett has written and contributed riffs and solos for the group since 1983. One of these riffs, for the song "Enter Sandman," was written in a hotel room at 3:00 in the morning. dawn.[citation needed] It was the first song on the album Metallica (The Black Album), published in 1991. On April 12, 2015, he joined Meshuggah onstage at RockBar Theater in San Jose, for the second installment of their annual Fear FestEvil, a music and memorabilia event.

Discography

Solo

2022: Portals EP [1]

With Metallica

1983: Kill 'Em All 1984: Ride the Lightning 1986: Master of Puppets 1987: The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited 1988: ...And Justice for All 1991: Metallica 1993: Live Shit: Binge & Purge 1996: Load 1997: ReLoad 1998: Garage Inc. 1999: S&M 2003: St Anger 2008: Death Magnetic 2009: Français Pour Une Nuit 2009: Pride, Passion and Glory: Three Nights in Mexico City 2010: The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria 2011: Lulu 2011: Beyond Magnetic 2016: Hardwired... to Self-Destruct 2019: S&M2Con Exodus (1979-1983) 1982: 1992 Demo 1983: Die by His Hand (Demo)

Equipment and skills

Guitars[3]​

ESP Spider ESP Skull ESP Lerpin ESP (Guitars) ESP RZK Signature Jackson Randy Rhoads Model ESP Flying V ESP Flying V Death Magnetic ESP KH2 ESP KH-2 Vintage ESP Wave Caster Gibson Flying V gibson les paul Gibson Les Paul Luis Gordon Custom Signature Jackson Randy Rhoads Fender Stratocaster I was going