Kirk Lee Hammett has been the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for Metallica since 1983. Prior to joining Exodus, he founded and named the group. Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003.
Joel McIver’s book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists (2009) ranks Hammett at number 15. Kirk Hammett Parents: Meet Teofila And Dennis L. Hammett.
Kirk Hammett Parents
Kirk Hammett’s mother name is, Teofila “Chefela” and Dennis L. Hammett (a Merchant Mariner). His mother is of Filipino descent and his father was of English, German, Scottish and Irish ancestry.
He attended De Anza High School in Richmond, California. While attending De Anza High School, he met Les Claypool of Primus, and they remain close friends.
Hammett has a well-known passion for horror movies that stretches back to the late sixties. After spraining his arm in a fight with his sister at the age of five, Hammett’s parents placed him in front of the television.
It was during this time that he first watched The Day of the Triffids. After that, Hammett found himself drawn to his brother’s Frankenstein figures, and soon began spending his milk money on horror magazines. For the better part of the next decade, Hammett dove deep into the horror scene.
Kirk Hammett Wife
Kirk Hammett married Rebecca Enrica Kestelyn on December 3, 1987. After their divorce in 1991, he married Lani Gruttadauro on January 31, 1998.
He has two sons named Vincenzo and Angel. He is joined by singer/guitarist James Hetfield, bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Lars Ulrich in Metallica.
Who Is Kirk Hammett?
After hearing his brother Rick’s enormous record collection, Jim Hammett became interested in music. He began selling his macabre magazines in order to purchase music albums, which eventually resulted in him learning how to play the guitar properly at the age of fifteen.
His early guitar was a “wholly unglamorous” Montgomery Ward catalog special, which came with a shoebox (with a 4-inch speaker) for an amplifier. Hammett experimented with various guitar parts before buying a 1974 Gibson Flying V after customizing his sound using different components.
Kirk Hammett Career Explored
Lead guitarist for heavy metal band Metallica, the group known for their self-titled album which has also been called The Black Album. He was also a member of Exodus, a thrash metal outfit.
He began his career as a musician working at Burger King, where he saved up money to purchase a Marshall amplifier.
In 1980, he formed his first band. He was named #11 on Rolling Stone’s All-Time Best Guitarists list as a heavy metal guitarist.