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Kirk Hammett

American musician
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Net worth 2018: $70 Million
Industry: Musicians
Residence: San Francisco
Country: United States
BirthDay: 18 November 1962
Height: 1.72 m
Education: De Anza High School, San Francisco State University

Kirk Hammett was bornon 18 November 1962 in San Francisco, American, is American musician. Kirk Hammett is one of the renowned names in the metal rock music industry. A member of the band Metallica, he developed affinity for music since an early age. He was fifteen years old when he first picked up a guitar to satiate his new-found interest. Soon, he started honing his skills and creating his own signature sound. He took up job at the Burger King and with the extra money earned he bought for himself his first Marshall amp. This led him to initiate his own band, Exodus of which he was a part for only two years. In 1993, he joined Metallica and rest as they is history. In 2003, he was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Six years later, in 2009, Hammett was ranked number 5 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.


$70 Million


In 2012, he released his first book, ‘Too Much Horror Business’, which was a collection of photos detailing Hammett's lifelong love of monster movies and horror memorabilia


In 2006, he voiced for himself in an episode of the show, ‘The Simpsons’ titled, ‘The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer’


In 2005, other than contributing to the Metallica band, he played guitar on Carlos Santana track "Trinity" alongside steel-pedal guitarist, Robert Randolph


In 2003, he desired to have a solo on Metallica’s next album ‘St Anger’ but later gave up on the same


They continued to release hit albums such as ‘Load’ in 1996, ‘reload’ in 1997, ‘Garage Inc’ in 1998 and ‘S&M’ in 1999


In the 1990s, he changed his guitar playing style and shifted focus from early metal roots to more earthly Jimi Hendrix-esque style


In 1988, Metallica came up with its fourth album, ‘And Justice For All’ which was followed by the 1991 self-titled album, ‘Metallica


Year 1986 was a tragic one for the group as during the European tour, Cliff Burton died a tragic accidental death after the tour bus slid off the road and overturned


In 1983, he was offered a position in the band Metallica after Dave Mustaine, the lead guitarist, left the band to form his own band, Megadeth


In 1980, he formed a five-member band, Exodus, which had Paul Baloff as the vocalist, Gary Holt as the guitarist, Geoff Andrews as the bassist, and Tom Hunting as the drummer


The song became so popular that it ranked at the 399th position on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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