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10 Things You Might Not Know About Kirk Hammett

There is 10 Kirk Hammett Facts for Metallica FANS

 

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

The inspiration behind the “Enter Sandman” riff was … Soundgarden.Hammett’s most famous riff might never have occurred had he not been a fan of Soundgarden. In a 2008 interview with Rolling Stone, he explained: “Soundgarden had just put out Louder Than Love. I was trying to capture their attitude toward big, heavy riffs. It was two o’clock in the morning. I put it on tape and didn’t think about it. When [drummer] Lars [Ulrich] heard the riff, he said, ‘That’s really great. But repeat the first part four times.’ It was that suggestion that made it even more hooky.”

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

He’s not your typical vegetarian.Hammett is a lacto-ovo vegetarian, but not for the reasons you might expect. In an interview with KNAC.com, he explained: “I am a vegetarian but not because I love animals. I am one because I think eating animals is not good for your health. James [Hetfield’s] hunting doesn’t affect me at all, as I have a lot of taxidermy in my house.” Still, health implications notwithstanding, Hammett does enjoy the occasional cigar.

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

He owns the “severed head” prop used in the classic horror cult film Re-Animator.Anyone who’s seen the cult classic Re-Animator will never forget the shenanigans committed by Dr. Carl Hill’s severed head. A horror film buff who counts Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi among his heroes, Hammett also owns a lobby card from London After Midnight, a long-lost 1927 Lon Chaney film. Hammett’s long-rumored book, Too Much Horror Business, promises to document his vast collection of horror memorabilia in photos.

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

His all-time favorite band is … UFO.Hammett once told writer David Fricke that “the second he heard” guitarist Michael Schenker on UFO’s “Mother, Mary,” his whole attitude toward his instrument changed. “Schenker wasn’t playing blues-based solos,” Hammett observed. “He was playing modes – scales that sounded almost classical – and rhythmically he was out the door. To this day, UFO are my favorite band in the whole world.”
 
 
 

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

He funded his burgeoning music career by flipping Whoppers.Inspired by Schenker, Hammett ratcheted up his skills sharply after managing to obtain a 1974 Gibson Flying V. In order to afford a decent accompanying amp, however, he was forced to take a job at the local Burger King. He also worked for a time as a dishwasher.

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

Orientation: He was the final student taught by Joe Satriani.He was the final student taught by Joe Satriani.Every Metallica fan knows that Hammett was formally schooled by Joe Satriani. It’s lesser known, however, that Hammett was Satriani’s last student. “I was Kirk’s teacher for two years,” Satriani once told the Turkish magazine, Blue Jean. “When I was his teacher, Kirk was playing in Exodus, and then he joined Metallica. Those were really important lessons. But then my Surfing with the Alien album was released, and the album was very successful. Kirk Hammett was my last student.

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

He collects vintage toys.Hammett owns an array of vintage toys from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, but you won’t find any Hot Wheels or G.I. Joes among his collection. Instead, his obsession with all-things-horror-related dictates most of his toy purchases. He also likes vintage Japanese playthings.

 

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

Solos don’t come easy for him.Hammett once recorded 100 solos for a single song, later noting that the solo he settled upon was just 25 seconds long. “I’m never very confident,” he told Total Guitar in a 2008 interview. “If a solo comes really easily for me, I question it. I’m like, ‘That was too easy! That must mean that it’s not good.’ I want it to be perfect. That’s unrealistic, but I can’t get that out of my head.”

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

He envisions playing with Metallica when he’s 60 …Hammett once told Krone.at that if The Rolling Stones still enjoy making music beyond age 60, then there’s no reason Metallica can’t as well. “If Keith Richards is sixty years old and still doing it, why can’t I just do it when I am sixty years old? It might seem kind of funny playing ‘Seek and Destroy’ when you’re sixty. Still, if people want to see [that], I’ll do it in a heartbeat!”

10 - 1 There is 10 facts about Kirk Hammett

… But not when he’s 70.Hammett says he’ll one day make a solo album, but hinted that that might not happen until he’s 70. “In my spare time I play a lot of jazz and blues,” he told Rolling Stone. “One of these days, I’ll do a solo album that is very rounded as far as styles of guitar. I was thinking once: What am I going to do when I’m 70 years old and I’m sitting on the porch with a guitar? Play ‘Seek And Destroy?’ I love riffing on UFO songs for half an hour. But then I’ll lean over the amp, switch to a clean channel, and play some bossa nova or Robert Johnson.”

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