Kirk Hammett

Born Nov 18, 1962

Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and a songwriter in the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus. In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 15 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.… Read More

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1962 Birth Hammett was born on November 18, 1962 in San Francisco, and raised in the town of El Sobrante, California. … Read More


1978 15 Years Old …  After purchasing a 1978 Fender Stratocaster copy, Hammett attempted to customize his sound with various guitar parts, before eventually buying a 1974 Gibson Flying V. … Read More
1979 16 Years Old Hammett's musical interests eventually drew him into the fledgling thrash metal genre. In 1979, he formed the band Exodus at the age of sixteen, along with vocalist Paul Baloff, guitarist Gary Holt, bassist Geoff Andrews, and drummer Tom Hunting.
1982 19 Years Old Hammett named Exodus after the Leon Uris novel of the same name, and played on the band's 1982 Demo. Exodus was an influential band in the Bay Area thrash movement. In May 1983, Metallica traveled to Rochester, New York to record its debut album, Metal Up Your Ass. … Read More


1986 23 Years Old In 1986, during the band's European leg of their tour to support Master of Puppets, Hammett and bassist Cliff Burton had a dispute over sleeping arrangements on the band's tour bus. … Read More
1990 27 Years Old Hammett has been married twice. His first marriage to Rebecca lasted 3 years, having ended in 1990, during the recording of The Black Album. … Read More


1996 33 Years Old Hammett plays a guitar solo on Pansy Division's song Headbanger which appears on the ep "For Those About to Suck Cock" Lookout Records 1996 … Read More
2001 38 Years Old Hammett previously worked with Santana in 2001 at a live show benefit in San Francisco. … Read More


2006 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Hammett voiced himself on The Simpsons ("The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer"). … Read More
2007 44 Years Old In 2007, ESP Guitar Company announced the release of a 20th Anniversary Limited KH-20 Guitar to celebrate 20 years of relationship with Hammett (based on the KH-2 guitar with some modification). … Read More
2008 45 Years Old 1 More Event
On the 25th anniversary of Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All,Hammett appears on the cover of Feb. 2008's Guitar World sporting his new custom ESP. … Read More
2010 47 Years Old In 2010, Hammett played with Nicolas Abou Chedid on Chedid's solo album.
2011 48 Years Old In 2011, Hammett appeared in an episode of Jon Benjamin Has a Van as an actor and guitarist.
2012 49 Years Old On October 1, 2012, Abrams Image published Hammett's first book, Too Much Horror Business (a collection of photos detailing Hammett's lifelong love of monster movies and horror memorabilia). … Read More


2014 51 Years Old In 2014, Hammett purchased the 1959 Les Paul formerly used by Gary Moore and Peter Green; using it on tour when playing the Thin Lizzy cover: "Whiskey in the Jar". … Read More
2015 52 Years Old In April, 2015, Hammett admitted to losing his phone - which contained 250 new "ideas" for Metallica's upcoming studio release. … Read More
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