Kirk Hammett

American musician Kirk Hammett

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.
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Metallica guitarist self-destructs over loss of riffs - over 1 year
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock group Metallica's new album, 'Hardwired... to Self-Destruct', could be their best ever, according to bassist Robert Trujillo, but guitarist Kirk Hammett will always be left feeling something was missing.
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World spared new Metallica album after guitarist Kirk Hammett loses iPhone containing 250 riffs
The Independent - almost 3 years
Metallica's recording plans have been derailed somewhat after guitarist Kirk Hammett lost his iPhone containing hundreds of new ideas, only about eight of which he can remember.
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THAT METAL SHOW: This Week’s Episode To Feature Epic Jam Session With Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker
Icon vs. Icon - almost 3 years
Episode 9 of season 14 of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” marks another first for the critically acclaimed talk show. Ever since Kirk Hammett first picked up the electric guitar he dreamed of jamming one day with Michael Schenker. Well TMS makes it happen and the world’s most recognized heavy metal guitarist, Kirk […]
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Metallica's monster maven
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Kirk Hammett, the Metallica guitarist and horror movie memorabilia junkie, is bringing his two passions together at the first Fear FestEvil (yes, Evil). The two-day event, which takes place next weekend at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom, will feature rare film artifacts from his personal collection, an assortment of vendors and old-school thrash metal acts, including Hammett's former band, Exodus. Between the Grammys and festival appearances, how did you find the time to fit a mini-festival into your schedule? Metallica had these two music festivals last year in New York where we wanted to share our personal interests with our fans. Mine was Kirk's Crypt, which was basically an extension of my book ("Too Much Horror Business"). Do you trust your fans not to breathe on anything wrong? Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chronicle's pop music critic.
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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Promises 'Insane' Grammy Performance
Rolling Stone - about 4 years
At this year's Grammy Awards Metallica will play their song "One" with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang and the band is hard at work preparing for that moment "It's gonna be completely insane" guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Rolling Stone from his home in San Francisco "Lang Lang has interjected himself...
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The Enduring Legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Having sneaked backstage at a C.W. Post College concert on Long Island in 1979, my buddies and I furtively moved around the backstage area, not wanting to attract any attention and look like we belonged. We did not want to get kicked out. Trying to appear as if we were deep in appropriate backstage conversation, we looked over and there was the target of our admiration and backstage list shenanigans, Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) on a pay phone, deep in conversation. He wore the hat, slung low over his eyes and when he finally hung up (it seemed like forever as we waited) and walked our way, his sparkly eyes fixed upon us and he said, "How y'all?" We chattered like excited schoolgirls in his wake and to this day, have a story for the ages. There are lots of grizzled rock 'n rollers like me with stories like that about Stevie Ray. He was that kind of guitarist: part Hendrix, part Clapton, part B.B. King and had oh so many influences. Jeff Beck, Albert King, Mick Jagger, David Bowie...
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Metallica 'Dances' With New Material For 10th Album: 'We've Got A lot Of The Basic Stuff Waded Through'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says they've had a few "dances" with new material and have been grading parts to potentially be used for songs for their tenth album. He calls their writing process "peculiar." The legendary metal band, which has sold 110 million albums worldwide over 30 years, hasn't released a studio album since 2008's "Death Magnetic" and that came five years after "St. Anger." It will likely be seven years between albums by the time this new album comes out. Paired up separately to do interviews for their 3D movie, "Metallica: Through The Never", singer James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett are less revealing than Ulrich. Hetfield says they need a concentrated time period to really buckle down. "Writing music is somewhat important to us," he understates, smiling. "We focus. Focus." "That's the plan," adds Hammett. "We'll start writing the album. We were supposed to start last year [laughs] but there you have it; we'll see how it goes." Ulrich, who is te...
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Is Metallica Getting Into The Sports Game?
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
SAN FRANCISCO -- Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo sure could get used to this: a tour of sorts, with stops at the Bay Area's professional and college sporting venues. Or even some travel to ballparks and arenas beyond Northern California. AT&T Park was a nice start Friday night as the reigning World Series champion Giants hosted the rival Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time this year. "What's special about this is you can actually merge the two worlds together," Trujillo said. "I feel that music is such an inspirational form of energy, as baseball is. And especially with Metallica, believe it or not, our shows are very physical. Sports is a very physical thing, too." Whether Trujillo's idea really takes off, time will tell – though he is already hoping for an Oakland Raiders game across the bay down the road. "We'll see, maybe the Raiders are around the corner, you never know," Trujillo said. "I think we could be starting something here. Maybe this ...
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Summer Music Festival Preview
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Coachella and Lollapalooza are sold out. Bonnaroo's nearly there, too. But eager fans need only be patient: Wait a few years and chances are you'll have a star-studded music festival of your own within driving distance. New music festivals are popping up more quickly than you can count in the U.S. As the summer festival season gets under way this week with the sprawling Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival down in the desert in Indio, Calif., some of the most successful promoters in the scene are looking ahead to next year and beyond when they'll launch new ventures in untapped markets. "I do think that there's really plenty of opportunities for people to create some great festival experiences," said Ashley Capps, a co-founder of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. "In fact, I think in many ways the audience in America is just now starting to fully embrace festival culture." After a disastrous run when festivals ...
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Binky Philips: Binky's Revenge: My Own Damned Most Influential Guitarists List!
Huffington Post - over 5 years
I have long had a love/hate relationship with The Top 10 (20, 50, 100) All Time Guitarist lists. As in, I love to see how much hatred and rage they can generate in my arrogant pedantic know-it-all bile-soaked soul. It is absolutely guaranteed that at some point, a guy who doesn't belong within a fer-piece of any list will be ranked far above a Giant, and I'll want to tear the heads off the dolts who had the temerity to write/publish such tripe. So, in that spirit, I've decided to have my head torn off. I've been writing for Huffington Post since June of 2010 and it only occurred to me last week, Hey, I have a forum! I can make my own damn list. Oh, boy! Oh, boy! [Check my archive... I have plenty of posts about plenty of the guitarists mentioned in this one.] You are about to embark on a journey (sorry, no Neil Schon) into the mind of a Total Dick when it comes to the subject of (guitars and) guitar players. It's simple, really... I know more than you. Nyaaaah Nyaaah...
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Kirk Hammett releasing horror collection book
3 News - over 5 years
Metallica star Kirk Hammett is set to show off his vast collection of horror memorabilia in a new book.
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Bigger is better
Asbury Park Press - over 5 years
'We like things that are big,' Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett said. 'But we also like things that are interesting.
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ArtsBeat: Kirk Hammett, Guitarist for Metallica, Talks About His Beloved Marshalls
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Kirk Hammett talks about his fondness for Marshall amplifiers. Jim Marshall, who invented them, died on Thursday.
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Kirk Hammett Joined EXODUS On Stage Last Night
Metal Injection - about 6 years
Of all the members of Metallica, I would probably want to hang out with Kirk the most. Mostly because he's a professed pothead, but also because he seems like the most down to earth member. If you asked me a few years ago, it would have been Jaymz, but at this point I don't know. ...
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Lou Reed & Metallica's Collab “Lulu” Set on November 1st Release Date - Donewaiting
Google News - over 6 years
Metallica -singer/guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Rob Trujillo – played with Reed on Velvet Underground classics “Sweet Jane” and “White Light/White Heat.” “We knew from then that we were made for each ... - -
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Gimme some of that plinky-plonk music - Irish Times
Google News - over 6 years
Even Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett (pictured) has said that when his son was born, he played him the jewellery-box version rather than the rabid riffing of Enter Sandman. This writer should confess that her son owns T-shirts bearing images of The
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kirk Hammett
  • 2015
    Age 52
    In April, 2015, Hammett admitted to losing his phone - which contained 250 new "ideas" for Metallica's upcoming studio release.
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  • 2014
    Age 51
    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".
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  • 2012
    Age 49
    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).
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  • 2011
    Age 48
    In 2011, Hammett appeared in an episode of Jon Benjamin Has a Van as an actor and guitarist.
  • 2010
    Age 47
    In 2010, Hammett played with Nicolas Abou Chedid on Chedid's solo album.
  • 2008
    Age 45
    After performing a set with Metallica at Bonnaroo in June 2008, Hammett played one song with My Morning Jacket and a couple songs with the annual Superjam collaboration, which also included Les Claypool and members of Gogol Bordello playing primarily Tom Waits songs.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 44
    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).
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    He appeared as a guest guitarist on K'Naan's 2006 song "If Rap Gets Jealous" off of the Troubadour album.
    In 2006, Hammett voiced himself on The Simpsons ("The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer").
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  • 2001
    Age 38
    Hammett previously worked with Santana in 2001 at a live show benefit in San Francisco.
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  • 1996
    Age 33
    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
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  • 1990
    Age 27
    Hammett has been married twice. His first marriage to Rebecca lasted 3 years, having ended in 1990, during the recording of The Black Album.
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  • 1986
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 19
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 16
    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.
  • 1978
    Age 15
    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.
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  • 1962
    Hammett was born on November 18, 1962 in San Francisco, and raised in the town of El Sobrante, California.
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