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Happy birthday, Kirk Hammett

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Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist and songwriter of the heavy metal band Metallica since 1983.

Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist and songwriter of the heavy metal band Metallica since 1983.

Happy birthday, Kirk Hammett...
Born Kirk Lee Hammett on November 18, 1962 in San Francisco (California, USA), Kirk Hammett is the lead guitarist and a songwriter in the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983.
Hammett's musical interests quickly drew him into the fledgling thrash metal genre.
In 1980, he formed the band Exodus with vocalist Paul Baloff, guitarist Gary Holt, bassist Geoff Andrews, and drummer Tom Hunting. He played on Exodus' 1982 Demo. Exodus was an influential band in the Bay Area thrash movement.
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 to riffs for Metallica songs since the band's second album  including the riff used in Enter Sandman (one of Metallica's most popular songs).
In 1986, after the crash of tour bus in which Cliff Burton had died during the band's European leg of their tour to support Master of Puppets,  Hammett has stated in interviews that he thought that it easily could've been him who was killed instead, since Burton had won in a stupid game the right to sleep in what was considered Hammett's bunk.
In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
On April 4, 2009, Hammett, along with Metallica bandmates Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, and Robert Trujillo and former Metallica bandmates Jason Newsted and the deceased Cliff Burton, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2009, Hammett provided the foreword to British author Joel McIver's book To Live Is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton.
Hammett is known for always having his picking hand taped to protect his skin due to his habit of palm muting and fast picking during lengthy tours.
Hammett's playing style is noted for his extensive use of the wah-wah pedal in his solos. Hammett says "The wah-wah is an extension of my personality." Hammett's use of the wah-pedal hadn't been featured in recent Metallica solos, but has seen a resurgence in his solos on the newest album Death Magnetic, in songs like The Unforgiven III.
In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 5 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Kirk Hammett!

Kirk Hammett of Metallica performs onstage at the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on May 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Kirk Hammett of Metallica performs onstage at the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on May 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (Sao Paulo, Brasil - 2014)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (Sao Paulo, Brasil - 2014)

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Kirk Hammett ...
Né Kirk Hammett Lee le 18 Novembre 1962 à San Francisco (Californie, USA), Kirk Hammett est le guitariste et un des compositeurs du groupe de heavy metal Metallica dont il est membre depuis 1983.
Ses goûts musicaux l'ont très vite entraîné vers un nouveau courant émergeant du metal, le Thrash.
En 1980, il a formé le groupe Exodus avec le chanteur Paul Baloff, le guitariste Gary Holt, le bassiste Geoff Andrews et le batteur Tom Hunting. Il a joué en 1982 sur leur Demo. Exodus était un groupe influent dans le milieu trash de la baie (de San Francisco).
En 1983, Hammett a été invité à rejoindre Metallica suite à l'éviction du guitariste original du groupe Dave Mustaine, qui a de son coté formé le groupe Megadeth.
C'était just avant l'enregistrement de Kill 'Em All.
A cette époque, Hammett prenait des cours privés avec le virtuose de la guitare Joe Satriani.
Hammett a écrit et joué un grand nombre de riffs dans les chansons de Metallica depuis le second album du groupe, y compris Enter Sandman (l'une des chansons les plus populaires de Metallica).
En 1986, après l'accident de car dans lequel Cliff Burton est mort pendant la tournée européenne de promotion de l'album Master of Puppets, Hammett a déclaré dans des interviews qu'il pensait qu'il aurait facilement pu avoir été tué à sa place, car Burton avait gagné dans un jeu stupide le droit de dormir dans ce qui était considéré comme la couchette de Hammett.
En 2003, Hammett a été classé 11e par le magazine Rolling Stone dans son classement des 100 plus grands guitaristes de tous les temps.
Le 4 Avril 2009, Kirk Hammett et les autres membres de Metallica, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, l'ancien bassiste Jason Newsted et le défunt Cliff Burton, ont été intronisés au Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
En 2009, Hammett a écrit la préface du livre de l'écrivain anglais Joel McIver: To Live Is to Die - The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton.
Hammett est connu pour toujours se couvrir la main (droite) avec du ruban adhésif pour se protéger la peau à cause de son habitude d'utiliser très fréquemment et pout de longs moments les techniques de palm muting et de fast picking.
Le style de jeu de Hammett est connu pour son utilisation intensive de la pédale wah-wah dans ses solos. Hammett à déclaré un jour que "La (pédale) wah-wah était une extension de sa personnalité". Et s'il l'avait moins utilisé dans les derniers solos de Metallica, elle est de nouveau bien présente sur le nouvel album Death Magnetic, notamment sur des morceaux comme The Unforgiven III.
En 2009,Joel McIver a classé Hammett au 5ème rang dans son livre The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists (Les 100 plus grands guitaristes de metal).
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Kirk Hammett !]

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (Quito, Andes - 2014)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (Quito, Andes - 2014)

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, Metallica (2013)

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, Metallica (2013)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (live in London, 2008)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (live in London, 2008)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (2008) - credit: John Hardin/flickr

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (2008) - credit: John Hardin/flickr

Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2003)

Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2003)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield (Metallica)

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield (Metallica)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Jason Newsted (Metallica)

Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Jason Newsted (Metallica)

Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (1985)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (1985)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica - The Showplace, Dover, New Jersey, April 16,1983.  Photo By Frank White

Kirk Hammett, Metallica - The Showplace, Dover, New Jersey, April 16,1983. Photo By Frank White

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (childhood)

Kirk Hammett, Metallica (childhood)

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