Kirk Hammett

Who is Kirk Hammett?- Biography

Kirk Hammett, the lead guitarist of the American heavy metal band Metallica, was originally ranked 11th among the top 100 guitarists of all time. He is a horror movie and comic book aficionado.

He established his own horror festival in 2014. He published his first book, ‘Too Much Horror Business,’ in 2012, and it was a big success.

When was Kirk Hammett Born? Early life, Siblings, Birthplace, Parents

Kirk Hammett was born in the city of San Francisco, California. His family moved to El Sobrante, California, where he spent his childhood. Dennis L. Hammett was his father’s name, and he worked as a mariner. Teofila Chefela Oyao, his mother, was of Filipino descent.

Kirk has had a fascination with horror comics and films since he was a child. He began saving his tiffin money in order to purchase scary comic comics.

He became interested in music after listening to his brother’s music collection. He purchased his first guitar when he was 15 years old. He revealed in an interview that he used to sell his horror comic books to fund music albums and guitar amplifiers.

In order to finance an amplifier, he also obtained a job at McDonald’s. In 1974, he was finally able to purchase a Gibson Flying V.

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Education Details of Kirk Hammett

Hammett began his education at De Anza High School in Richmond, California, where he met and became Leslie Claypool, the founding member of the legendary band Primus. Unlike other superstars, Kirk continued his education and pursued his high research after graduating from high school, enrolling at San Francisco State University.

He received his bachelor’s degree from there.

All Facts of Kirk Hammett

Real Name/Full Name Kirk Lee Hammett
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: The Ripper, Kirk Hamster, Kirk Hammett
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, U.S
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 18 November 1962
Age/How Old: 58 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 172 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
Weight: In Kilograms – 72 Kg
In Pounds – 158 lbs
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Grey, Black
Parents Name: Father – Dennis L. Hammett
Mother – Teofila Chefela Oyao
Siblings: 2
School: De Anza High School
College: San Francisco State University
Religion: Christian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Lani Hammett (m. 1998), Rebecca Hammett (m. 1987–1990)
Kids/Children Name: Angel Ray Keala Hammett, Vincenzo Kainalu Hammett
Profession: Guitarist, Song Writer
Net Worth: $220 million
Social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Professional Life, Career, Guitarist

Kirk was the lead guitarist in the band ‘Exodus,’ which he founded in 1979, from 1979 to 1983. His first band was influenced by the Bay Area Thrash Metal genre.

Metallica, a well-known metal rock band, visited the East Coast in 1983 to record their album. Kirk was summoned to audition after their previous guitarist was sacked due to a severe drug problem. He was immediately accepted into the band after his initial audition, and they recorded their first album, ‘Metal Up Your Ass.’

Kirk began contributing to songwriting on their second album, ‘Ride The Lightning.’ He also used riffs from songs he wrote during his time in Exodus. During their tour in Sweden, he and his bandmates had a near-death encounter when their tour bus was involved in an accident. He studied Asian and Film Arts while working in the band.

‘Death Angel,’ ‘Hedbanged,’ and ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ are the titles of their most well-known albums. He was also a member of Septic Death, a punk band.

Kirk Hammett
Kirk Hammett with guitar (picture from billboard)

Awards and Nominations

Kirk has been nominated for 168 awards for his contributions to Metallica and his fellow musicians. He received 103 important accolades with his band. He has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and has won nine of them.

He has also won awards such as the ‘Emma Gala,’ ‘ESPN Music Award,’ ‘Echo Music Award,’ ‘Classic Rock Awards,’ ‘California Music Awards,’ ‘Billboard Touring Awards,’ and ‘Bandit Rock Awards,’ among others.

What is the Net worth of Kirk Hammett? Salary

Kirk has a net worth of $220 million as of 2021, which he has amassed from his incredibly successful music career. His band is regarded as one of the top-heavy metal bands in the world. Aside from that, he has a couple of opulent homes in San Francisco. He also makes money by gaining people’s trust. But it is mostly through the royalties from his songs that he earns a sizable chunk of money.

Kirk Hammett: Relationship, Married, Wife, Love Story

Kirk’s first wife was Rebecca Hammett. After six years of dating, the couple married in 1987. They started dating in 1982 and have been together ever since. In 1990, three years after their marriage, they divorced. Kirk had a relationship with Sarah from 1992 to 1995. They split up in 1995. He began dating Julie the next year. The connection, however, does not endure more than a year.

He met his now-wife, Lani Hemmett, in 1997 and the two began dating. They decided to marry one year after starting a relationship. The couple married in 1998 and are still going strong today. Angel Hammett, the couple’s first child, was born in 2006. Two years later, in 2008, they welcomed their second son.

How tall is Kirk Hammett? Height, Weight, Hair color

So, how old is Kirk Hammett in 2021, and how tall is he? Kirk Hammett, who was born on November 18, 1962, is 51 years old as of today’s date, November 11th, 2021. Despite his height of 5′ 8′′ in feet and inches and 172 cm in centimeters, he weighs 158 pounds and 72 kg.

Social Media Profile

He is active on Twitter with more than 313 thousand followers and over 2.2m fans on Instagram. He is also on Facebook with around 1.9m followers.

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