What Made Kirk Hammett Pick Up Guitar?
The Metallica legend speaks to Metal Hammer about what made him want to play guitar.
As part of our Gear Of Gods pull-out in this month’s Metal Hammer magazine, we asked Kirk Hammett, Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton, Steve Vai, Dimmu Borgir’s Silenoz, DragonForce’s Herman Li, Emperor’s Isahn and many more how and why they wail!
Metal Hammer: What inspired you to pick up the guitar?
Kirk Hammett: “After months of playing air guitar to ‘Free Bird’, what really got me into guitar was watching a documentary about Jimi Hendrix and picking up the Woodstock soundtrack. Listening to his version of ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and ‘Purple Haze’. My brother played acoustic guitar and, idolising him, I though, I’m going to get a guitar.”
Get the full interview with Kirk Hammett in this month’s Metal Hammer magazine!