Mario Solis‘ Today’s Memory
Kirk Hammett’s birthday
Originally shared by Mario Solis
Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962) 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 5 in Joel McIver’s book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.
In 1983 Hammett was invited to join Metallica following the dismissal of the band’s original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, who went on to form the band Megadeth. This was prior to the recording of Kill ‘Em All. At the time Hammett was taking private lessons from guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.
Hammett has written and contributed riffs for Metallica songs since the band’s second album . One of these riffs, used in „Enter Sandman” became one of Metallica’s most popular songs. It was the first track and first single on Metallica’s self-titled Black Album and was ranked 399th on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The bridge for „Creeping Death” was originally an Exodus riff that Hammett took with him to Metallica.