Kirk Hammett’s net worth: Kirk Hammett is an American composer and guitarist who has a net worth of $ 200 million. Kirk Hammett is famous for being the lead guitarist of the hit heavy metal band Metallica.
Early life: Kirk Hammett was born in San Francisco on November 18, 1962. He grew up in the city of El Sobrante, California. His mother is of Filipino descent and his father was partly German, Irish, English and Scottish. He attended De Anza High School in Richmond, California, just across San Francisco Bay. His classmate at De Anza High was Les Claypool, future founding member of the Primus band. Kirk and Les were friends at school and remain close to this day.
He was introduced to music by the music collection of his older brother Rick, which included albums by Led Zeppelin, UFO and Jimi Hendrix, among others. First he took a guitar at age 15.
In 1979, at the age of 16, he joined to form a thrash metal band that he called Exodus. Kirk remained in Exodus until 1983. Also during this time, Kirk began taking private solo lessons with his fellow Bay Area musician (and future guitar god) Joe Satriani.
Metallica: Metallica was formed in October 1981 by singer James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. Exodus and Metallica had played together in many shows in the incipient thrash metal scene of the Bay Area. Metallica released their first album “Kill ‘Em All” in 1983. Unfortunately, the band’s original guitar, Dave Mustaine, was struggling with substances and on April 11, 1983 he was fired from the group. The same day Mustaine was fired, Kirk received a phone call from James and Lars inviting him to fly to New York (where the band was recording) to audition. Despite never having left California, Kirk raised money for a plane ticket. The first song played during the audition, “Seek and Destroy,” features an expensive guitar solo. Hetfield would later say that Kirk nailed the solo in the first shot and from that moment they knew he was his boy.
Over the next three decades, Metallica would become one of the most successful rock groups in the history of music. Without doubt the most successful heavy metal group. By writing these lines, the band has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. They are still one of the highest income bands in the world when they are on tour. In a given tour year, Metallica is known to raise between $ 70 and $ 100 million between the sale of tickets, merchandise and royalties.
Kirk has written a series of what are now considered classic guitar riffs for the group, including one for “Enter Sandman,” which would become the group’s greatest success.
As a member of Metallica, he has appeared on the albums Kill ‘Em All in 1983, Ride the Lightning in 1984, Master of Puppets in 1986 and … And Justice for All in 1988. The albums of the band Metallica in 1991, Load en 1996, Reload in 1997, St. Anger in 2003, Death Magnetic in 2008 and Hardwired … to Self-Destruct in 2016 reached number 1 in the USA. UU. And in other countries. The most popular Metallica singles include “One”, “Enter Sandman”, “The Unforgiven”, “Nothing Else Matters”, “Wherever I May Roam”, “Sad but True”, “Until you sleep”, “Hero of the Day “,” The Memory Remains “,” The Unforgiven II “,” Fuel “,” Turn the Page “,” Whiskey in the Jar “,” No Leaf Clover “,” I Disappear “,” St. Ira “,” The day that never comes “,” Cyanide “,” Wiring “and more.