Kirk Lee Hammett
November 18, 1962
From: San Francisco, California
Specialty: Kick-ass, full blown lead guitar vocals
Plays: Guitar / Equipment list
Vitals: Brown eyes, brown hair, 5'8"/1.75 meters tall, weighs
134 lbs/60.78 kilos
1, 1983, San Francisco, California. A phone rings; "Hi, Kirk?
This is Metallica, we just fired our lead guitar player, and we
need a new one. Interested?"
didn't exactly happen quite that way, but Kirk did play his first
show with Metallica fifteen days later in New Jersey. Metallica's
then road manager, Mark Whittaker, once managed Kirk's band Exodus.
When it became time to switch lead players, Mark was quick to
playing brought Metallica into an era of more melodic and controlled
guitar work. He's been in the band ever since that day in 1983,
which surprisingly was less then a month after he and his former
band, Exodus opened for Metallica.
grew up in the Bay area town of El Sobrante and began playing
guitar at age 15. His first guitar was a Montgomery Ward catalog
special and his first amp a shoe box with a 4 inch speaker. A
few years later Kirk "graduated" to a 1978 Fender Stratocaster.
Always searching for his sound,Kirk managed to "Frankenstein"
the guitar with different pick up and amp combinations. Eventually
he traded up to a 1974 Gibson Flying V (just like Michael Schenker's!)
That Flying V is still part of Kirk's collection, and still pops
up on Metallica's albums.
his new Flying V, Kirk started playing with other people. This
led to a whole other problem: money. A short stint working at
Burger King fixed that as it earned him enough cash to buy his
first Marshall amp. Around that time, Kirk co-founded Exodus with
Paul Baloff. They were the support act for Metallica twice: on
November 29, 1982 and March 5, 1983.
the call from Metallica, Kirk scraped up enough money for a flight
to the east coast. He found himself outside his native California
for the first time, on the other side of the country and in a
new band. Oddly enough, the band never really asked Kirk to join,
it wasn't until the recording of Kill 'Em All that he felt confident
he was in. After Kill 'Em All and the tour that followed, he took
lessons from Joe Satriani and learned the virtues of jazz, blues,
classical and Hendrix. Currently, Kirk can be found in the Bay
area, with his wife Lani and dog Darla.
are Kirk's vitals?
Kirk Lee Hammett was brought back to life in San Francisco, California,
on November 18th, 1962; he is 5'7" and 134 lbs.
Kirk married Lani on January 31, 1998 in Hawaii.
guitar equipment does Kirk use?
Various ESP, along with various vintage guitars, uses Dean Markely
strings. Mesa Boogie Amps. Check out Kirk's Equipment for more!
does he drive?
LandCruiser, Mountain Bike, 1955 Dodge Coronet ("Kirkstine")
Kirk recorded for anyone besides Metallica?
Kirk's old Exodus demo's have been seen floating around, he has
also recorded a track with Les Claypool and Mike Bordin set for
possible future release (by Primus?), he has produced demo's for
Death Angel, he has recorded solo's for Pushead's band Septic
Death, you can also find him on the Spawn soundtrack playing guitar
on the Orbital song called "Satan" (along with the re-mix of For
Whom The Bell Tolls).
that under his lip?
That's a labret, a piercing just under his lower lip.
does Kirk like to drink?
Kirk likes Martini's, Sky vodka and green tea.
liner notes say: James-guitar and Kirk-guitar. What does Kirk
Kirk's duties on the albums are mostly for the full-blown lead
guitar solos, On the new albums Load and ReLoad, Kirk's role as
guitar player has expanded to playing a more important role in
the overall sound.
sports teams does he follow?
Kirk is quoted as saying: "I hate sports!" (or "Whatever teams
James and Lars don't like")
are Kirk's favorite foods?
Sushi, Mexican food, pasta, Indian and Thai food.
Kirk in any bands besides Metallica?
Kirk was a founding member of San Francisco's Exodus.
does like to do in his off time?
Kirk Hammett likes to mountain bike and collect horror movie related
stuff, along with piercing assorted body parts.
Kirk have a tattoo?
Kirk's tattoo was a present to himself for Christmas 1995, it
reads: "Made in SF 11-18-62." It's wrapped around his belly button.
He also has hot rod flames on his thighs.
is Kirk's right hand wrapped during live shows?
That is Kirk's picking hand, which he does hit pretty hard playing
his guitar. The tape cover the lines in his palm that break open
as he plays.
Kirk a vegetarian?
Yes, Kirk is a "lacto-ovo" vegetarian.
ethnic background is Kirk?
Kirk is part Filipino.
does he credit as his influences?
Jimi Hendrix, UFO, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Kiss,
Joe Satriani, Warren Haynes, Adrian Belew, Freddy King and Buddy
things Kirk owns that you might not have known about..
Kirk owns a stuffed, two headed sheep and a stuffed monkey...
we won't talk about what the guy at the morgue acquired for him.
are Kirk's favorite cigars?
Kirk likes Habanos 94, a Cuban cigar not available in the USA,
he also like Fuente y Fuente Opus X as his favorite available
in the USA, he can also be found puffing on Cohiba and Lars Tetens.
jobs has Kirk worked?
Kirk once worked at Burger King and as a dishwasher.
happened to Kirk's Porsche?
Lost in a bet.
MORE ON KIRK
Happily married to Lani
Land Cruiser, mountain bike, '55 Dodge Coronet
Martinis, Sky Vodka, green tea
Sushi, Mexican food, pasta, Indian food, Thai food
teams: None ("I hate sports!")
Metallica: Played in Exodus, drank a lot
Mountain biking, tattoos, piercing, collecting old horror-movie
stuff, cigars, philosophy, H.P. Lovecraft, Taxidermy, Pinball
to: Jimi Hendrix, UFO, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple. Led Zeppelin,
Kiss, John Coltrane, Government Mule, Chet Baker, Prez Prado,
Alice In Chains, David Bowie, U2, King Crimson, Robert Johnson,
Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Jimi Hendrix, Chet Baker, Diane Arbus,
John Coltrane, Charles Bukowski, Edward Munch, Joel Peter Whitkin
concert: Day on the Green with the Eagles, Steve Miller, Heart,
self as: Smelly, ugly, happy, obsessive, progressive, curious