Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is celebrating his 55th birthday today (born: November 18, 1962). On this special day, we listed 10 things you probably didn’t know about him.

This list is based on references to the following sites and our articles: Needsomefun.net, Gibson.com and Societyofrock.com.

It’s been nearly 30+ years since Kirk Hammett received that fateful call asking him to audition for the lead guitar role in Metallica.


10. He collects vintage toys

9. He’s not your typical vegetarian

8. He Took A Job At Burger King To Afford An Amp

7. Kirk’s Favorite Band Of All Time Is UFO!

6. Kirk Hammett made no contribution to Metallica’s latest album “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”.

4. He Loves Wah Pedals So Much

3. He sold his San Francisco home for $16 million

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2. Napster case is his biggest disappointment

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He said: “I think we probably just can’t beat eachother out, because he’s so good with riff writing, you know i’m in lead playing. I mean we would can’t beat eachother out, yeah, It’s just be a fantastic duel, but that’s something i would like to watch.