Kirk Hammett

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Kirk Lee Hammett (born on November 18, 1962) is the lead guitarist in the band Metallica. Hammett is one of the better-known students of guitar virtuoso and instructor Joe Satriani.

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  • Basically I just had to say, "Screw everyone around me - from now on I'm just gonna play what I think is important to me and our music." So I gave the big finger to all the current trends in technical wizardry, and just went off and did what I felt was best for the songs.
    • Guitar World, March 1992.
  • " I think heavy metal is therapeutic - it's music that blows the tension away. I think that's why people who have had really bad childhoods are attracted to heavy metal. It allows people to release aggression and tension in a nonviolent way. Also, heavy metal seems to attract all sorts of scruffy, lost animals, strays no one wants."
    • Playboy, April 2001
  • "Cliff was a very smart guy, a reader, very eloquent. I just don't understand why he went, and not one of us."
    • Playboy, April 2001
  • [about Nothing Else Matters] "James always wanted to be perceived as this guy who is very confident and strong. And for him to write lyrics like that - showing a sensitive side - took a lot of balls."
    • Playboy, April 2001

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  • To this day, I think of him (Cliff Burton) every day. It's really strange. It's something that pops into my head every day and I'm constantly reminded of it because he played such a large part in our lives.
    • 1988
  • He was always against looking too pussy, he was always into just looking natural.
  • I had seen Cliff in this band called Easy Street when I was like 16 years old at a club called International Cafe in San Francisco… It always stuck in my mind. This guy with wild, wild red hair flying all over the place and a Rickenbacker and a real distinct bass style and I thought to myself, "This guy is fuckin’ wild!"
  • The only person who was able to figure out a time and write it on a piece of paper was Cliff. He had an immense knowledge of timing, musical harmonies and music theory in general.
  • If we had hung it up, Cliff would've been so pissed off.
  • In Denmark while recording Master Of Puppets, we hung out a lot. We’d go out and play poker for 8 hours straight after being up for 24 hours. We’d find a seafood restaurant that was open, eat raw oysters and drink beer, scream at the natives while we were drunk… that’s some of my best memories of him.
  • My guitars are my umbilical cord. They're directly wired into my head.
  • I'm not into that whole Satanic thing. It's just something to fall back on if you don't have much imagination. Singing you fiftieth song about having lunch with Satan--I'm not into it. It's silly."
  • At the audition the guys kept smiling at each other. I was like, "Do they think this is funny? Or are they perpetually happy people?
    • 1983
  • We're the underdogs. We haven't had a Top 10 hit, and we look like a bunch of bums out there. Amidst all this glam and this huge production, we're going to stick out. But that's what we're here for--and that's what put us here in the first place.
    • 1988

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