Home / Biography / Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett

Biography

In the planting season of 1983, Hammett received a telephone call from the children in Metallica — including singer/guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, and bassist Cliff Burton — asking if he’d be thinking about checking out for the band (their original guitarist, Dave Mustaine, was going to be booted because of erratic behavior). The group organized for Hammett to take a flight out with their brand-new home bottom of NY, where he transferred the test following a one run-through of the early traditional anthem, “Look for & Destroy,” with Burton evaluating Hammett’s playing to such Euro-metal guitarists as Michael Schenker and Ritchie Blackmore — two of the band’s fav players. The brand new lineup instantly started focus on their debut record, Eliminate ‘Em All, released the same calendar year — since Hammett became a member of just a brief while previous, he didn’t possess an opportunity to place his very own stamp over the materials, opting rather to adhere to the riffs and strategy that Mustaine acquired currently laid down. This might change over the band’s following two produces, 1984’s Trip the Lightning and 1986’s Get better at of Puppets, as Hammett created his own design on what many consider to become among metal’s all-time great albums. Metallica was fast getting among metal’s premier rings, however Burton’s tragic loss of life mid-tour in Sept of 1986 nearly finished the group. With previous Flotsam & Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted acquiring Burton’s place, Metallica soldiered on, issuing two mega-hit albums, 1988’s And Justice for many and 1991’s self-titled launch, and creating themselves as you of rock’s biggest works. Further sold-out trips and hit produces continued through the entire ’90s — 1996’s Fill, 1997’s Reload, 1998’s Garage area Inc, and 1999’s S&M — because the group reinvented their previous picture from long-haired weighty metallists to snappily-dressed, short-haired GQ males (Hammett specifically even used eyeliner and toenail polish for this time, a thing that could have warranted automated termination through the band ten years earlier!). Through the entire ’90s, Kirk’s acoustic guitar playing also shifted concentrate from his early metallic roots to a far more earthy (nearly bluesy) Jimi Hendrix-esque design, as Hammett’s personal “personal series” type of six-strings had been manufactured with the ESP guitar business.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kirk Hammett
Height 1.72 m
Profession Author, Songwriter, Pianist, Bassist
Education San Francisco State University, De Anza High School
Nationality American
Spouse Lani Hammett, Rebecca Hammett
Children Angel Ray Keala Hammett, Vincenzo Kainalu Hammett
Parents Dennis L. Hammett, Teofila "Chefela" Oyao
Siblings Tracy Hammett, Rick Hammett
Awards Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video, Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Kerrang! Award for Best Album, Kerrang! Award for Best International Band, American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist, Kerrang! Hall of Fame Award, NME Award for Best International Band, Kerrang! Inspiration Award, Billboard Music Award for Catalog Album of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Catalog Artist of the Year, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Group, Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Album, Porin Award for Best Foreign Video Programme, iHeartRadio Music Award for Rock Album of the Year
Music Groups Metallica, Exodus, Nanowar of Steel, Devilhead
Music Songs Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, One, Whiskey in the Jar, Master of Puppets, Fade to Black, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Sad but True, Moth into Flame, Hardwired, Turn the Page, Wherever I May Roam, Atlas, Rise!, Orion, Blackened, Spit out the Bone, The Unforgiven II, Now That We’re Dead, Halo On Fire, Fuel, Creeping Death, Mama Said, The Day That Never Comes, St. Anger, Until It Sleeps, The Memory Remains, I Disappear, Fight Fire With Fire, Hero of the Day, Harvester of Sorrow, Whiplash
Albums Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Metallica, ...And Justice for All, Master of Puppets, Load, Lulu, S&M, Death Magnetic, St. Anger, Reload, Live Shit: Binge & Purge, Quebec Magnetic, Orgullo, Pasión, y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de México, Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set, Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, Metallica!, Metallica: Through the Never, Acoustic metal, A Knight At the Opera, The Good, the Bad & the Live, Megaforce demo, Into Gay Pride Ride, Fan Can #1, Garage Inc., Beyond Magnetic, The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited, The Metallica Collection, Mandatory, The 30th Anniversary Celebration, Six Feet Down Under, Live at Grimey's, Some Kind of Monster, Winnipeg 1986, Ultra Rare Trax, Legendary FM Broadcasts - Market Square Arena, Indianapolis IN 24th November 1988
Movies Metallica Through the Never, Some Kind of Monster, The Darwin Awards, Lemmy, American Movie, Metallica: Master of Puppets, Metallica: Dark Souls, Metallica: Phantom Puppets, Metallica: Reflections


  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 Lives in San Francisco, California.
2 His father had Irish, English, Scottish, and German ancestry. His mother's family is Filipino.
3 Son, Vincenzo Kainalu was born on June 28, 2008.
4 Officially endorsed by ESP Guitars (a Japanese company). He has several signature ESP guitar models (mostly identified by "KH" letters) and he has worked with the company since the late 80s.
5 Son Angel Ray Keala, born October 6, 2006.
6 In November 6, 1998 he suffered from appendicitis when Metallica was on tour in England. He went to a London hospital, recovered, and couple of weeks later flew back to San Francisco.
7 Replaced Dave Mustaine as permanent guitarist for Metallica in 1983.
8 His musical influences are Led Zeppelin, UFO and Jimi Hendrix.
9 Previous band before Metallica was the trash metal band Exodus.
10 In a 1998 issue of Guitar Legends: The Top 100 Guitar solos, Kirk is credited with 3 songs: "One" (No. 7), "Fade To Black (No. 24), and "Master of Puppets" (No. 51).
11 Known for his custom made guitars with horror film graphics
12 Has one dog, Darla
13 Collects horror film memorabilia
14 Avid surfer
15 Vegetarian
16 Has his birth date and place tattooed on his stomach
17 Took guitar lessons from Joe Satriani.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Short 2015 writer: "Master of Puppets", "Eye of the Beholder"
Mike & Mike 2013-2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Brows Held High 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metallica: Amped for IMAX 2013 Short writer: "Fixxxer", "Damage, Inc"
Metallica Through the Never 2013 writer: "...And Justice for All", "Fuel", "Enter Sandman" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Hammett / writer: "Creeping Death", "Master Of Puppets" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Burton/Hammett / writer: "Cyanide"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Late Show with David Letterman 2010-2011 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 2011 Documentary writer: "Welcome Home Sanitarium", "Fade to Black", "The Day That Never Comes"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Master of Puppets", "Enter Sandman"
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World 2011 Video documentary writer: "Enter Sandman"
Trauma 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super Bowl XLIV 2010 TV Special writer: "Cyanide" - uncredited
Casino Jack and the United States of Money 2010 Documentary writer: "ENTER SANDMAN"
House M.D. 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
WWE Raw 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
California's Gold 2009 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Metallica 2009 Video Game writer: "All Nightmare Long", "Broken Beat & Scarred", "Creeping Death", "Cyanide", "Disposable Heroes", "Dyers Eve", "Enter Sandman", "Fade To Black", "Frantic", "Fuel", "King Nothing", "Master of Puppets", "My Apocalypse", "The Memory Remains", "The Thing That Should Not Be", "The Unforgiven", "Welcome Home Sanitarium"
A Cross the Universe 2008 Video documentary writer: "Final" - as Hammet
Guitar Hero World Tour 2008 Video Game writer: "Trapped Under Ice"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2007 Video Game writer: "One"
Heavy Metal in Baghdad 2007 Documentary writer: "Fade to Black"
Rock Band 2007 Video Game "Enter Sandman"
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey 2005 Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets" - as Hammett
The Work of Director Anton Corbijn 2005 Video documentary writer: "Hero Of the Day"
The Devil and Daniel Johnston 2005 Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets"
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 Documentary writer: "Frantic", "Some Kind of Monster", "Dirty Window", "My World", "Shoot Me Again", "Enter Sandman", "Purify", "Master of Puppets", "The Unnamed Feeling", "Sweet Amber", "All Within My Hands", "Damage, Inc.", "St. Anger", "Invisible Kid" - as Hammett
Old School 2003 writer: "Master Of Puppets"
Biker Boyz 2003 writer: "We Did It Again"
The Forsaken 2001 writer: "Enter Sandman" - as Kirk L. Hammett
The Sopranos 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metallica: Cunning Stunts 1998 Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "Hero of the Day", "King Nothing", "Fuel", "Until It Sleeps", "Fade to Black", "Master of Puppets", "Enter Sandman"
Your Friends & Neighbors 1998 writer: "Enter Sandman", "Welcome Home Sanitarium"
Spawn 1997 performer: "Satan"
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills 1996 Documentary writer: "Welcome Home Sanitarium", "Orion"
ECW Hardcore Heaven 1994 1994 Video writer: "Enter Sandman" - uncredited
MTV Video Music Awards 1991 1991 TV Special writer: "Enter Sandman"
Metallica: Enter Sandman 1991 Video short writer: "Enter Sandman"
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! 1987 Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "Damage, Inc.", "Master of Puppets", "Fade To Black", "Welcome Home Sanitarium"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Billions 2016 TV Series Metallica
Tallica Parking Lot 2013 Short voice
Howard Stern on Demand 2013 TV Series
Metalocalypse 2006-2010 TV Series Barkeep / Queen of Denmark / Smoked Fingers fan
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Whole Lotta Shakin' 2009 Video
The Simpsons 2006 TV Series Kirk Hammett
Metallica: Enter Sandman 1991 Video short Kirk Hammett (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Metallica Through the Never 2013 executive producer
Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection 2012 Short executive producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Metallica Through the Never 2013 screenplay by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory 2011 Documentary special thanks: Metallica

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All! 1987 Video documentary Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk 2017 Documentary completed Himself
Smokestack Lightning: The Legendary Howlin' Wolf 2016 Documentary post-production
Pop Wrapped TV 2015 TV Series documentary
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Metallica Live at Blizzcon 2014 TV Movie Himself
Metallica: This Monster Lives 2014 Documentary short Himself
Hit the Lights: The Making of Metallica Through the Never 2014 Video Himself
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Performer (uncredited)
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Sidewalks Entertainment 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Metallica: Amped for IMAX 2013 Short Himself
Metallica Through the Never 2013 Himself
Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection 2012 Short Himself - Host
Metallica: Quebec Magnetic 2012 Video Himself
Music Nuggets 2012 TV Series Himself
Metal Evolution 2011-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself (2013)
Rock in Rio 2011 TV Series Himself
That Metal Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World 2011 Video documentary Himself
X-Play 2010 TV Series Himself
Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: The Big 4 - Live from Sofia, Bulgaria 2010 Documentary Himself
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 2010 Documentary Himself
Lemmy 2010 Documentary Himself
Metallica: Orgullo pasión y gloria. Tres noches en la ciudad de México. 2009 Video Himself
Metallica - Français pour une nuit 2009 Video Himself - guitar
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Message of Love 2009 Video Himself
Metallica: In Their Own Words 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Guitar Hero: Metallica 2009 Video Game Himself
Lars Ulrich - En metalrod vender hjem 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Metallica: The Videos 1989-2004 2006 Video Himself
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal 2006 Documentary Himself
The Darwin Awards 2006 Himself
The Work of Director Anton Corbijn 2005 Video documentary Himself (segments "Hero of the Day" and "Mama Said") (as Metallica)
When Metallica Ruled the World 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005 TV Series Himself
Rage 2004 TV Series Himself
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 Documentary Himself
MTV Backstage Pass: Summer Sanitarium Tailgate Party 2003 TV Short Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 2003 2003 TV Special Himself - Performer (as Metallica)
Slayer: War at the Warfield 2003 Video documentary Himself (In Special Feature) (DVD)
Boogie 2003 TV Series Himself
Metallica: Dark Souls 2003 Video documentary Himself
Metallica: St. Anger Rehearsals 2003 Video documentary Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Headbangers Ball 2003 TV Series Himself
MTV Icon: Metallica 2003 TV Special documentary Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
End of the Century 2003 Documentary Himself, Metallica
Classic Albums: Metallica - The Black Album 2001 Video documentary Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 2000 2000 TV Special Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Member, Metallica
S&M Documentary 2000 Video short Himself (uncredited)
FanClub 2000 TV Series Himself
Making the Video 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
MADtv 2000 TV Series Himself
Metallica: S&M 2000 TV Special documentary Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 1999 1999 TV Special Himself - Performer (as Metallica)
Woodstock '99 1999 TV Special Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Hero of the Day 1998 Video Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Cunning Stunts 1998 Video documentary Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Live Covers 1998 TV Movie Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica TV 1998 TV Special Himself
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Metallica: Reload/Rehearse/Request 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Guitarist
Metallimania 1997 Documentary Himself
The 24th Annual American Music Awards 1997 TV Special Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
In a Metal Mood 1996 Documentary Himself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1996 TV Series Himself
Woodstock '94 1995 Video documentary Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Headbangers Ball 1995 TV Series Himself
Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, San Diego 1993 Video documentary Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, Seattle 1993 Video Himself
For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow 1992 Documentary Himself (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 1992 1992 TV Special Himself - Metallica Guitarist
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica 1992 Video documentary Himself - Guitarist
Metallica: Live Tushino Airfield, Moscow 28 Sept 1991 - Monsters of Rock Festival 1991 Video Himself (as Metallica)
Metallica: 2 of One 1989 Video Himself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary James Hetfield
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Himself (as Metallica)

Looks like we don't have awards information. Sorry!



Looks like we don't have salary information. Sorry!


#Quote
1 I think it's morally wrong to keep someone away from what keeps him happy.
2 There was a lot of anguish after Cliff died, and basically Jason was the punching bag. We vented so much on him, and it wasn't really fair. [on how Metallica coped with the transition from bassist Cliff Burton to Jason Newsted]
3 We were very, very frightened. I had to sit down and take stock of my life and see if I had a life outside the band, because I was questioning if there was even a future for Metallica. That was a scary thought; when you've been in a band for as long as we have, you take for granted that it's always going to be there. [recalling the uncertainty of Metallica's future, after Jason Newsted left the band and James Hetfield entered rehab]
4 A life lived unexplored is a life not worth living.

#Trademark
1 ESP Kirk Hammett guitar
2 Curly hair
3 Heavy guitar solos

Check Also

Eggs

Eggs was among Washington, D.C.’s greatest indie-pop rings of the first 1990s, but had been …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *