Today marks the 50th birthday of Kirk Hammett, former guitarist with Exodus, celebrated horse rider, premium sporter of curly hair in metal, Christmas fanatic, oh, and lead guitarist in some little old outfit known as Metallica. So in the best tradition of Sunday Slaylists, this week we’re running a special birthday tribute to the man often described as “the third most important member of Metallica”. Yep.
Of course, since Metallica don’t allow their catalogue to appear on Spotify, this week we’re falling back on a YouTube Slaylist. In recognition of Hammett’s role in arguably the biggest damn metal band of all time, we’ve put together a collection of live renditions of every song we could find within the Metallica repertoire that Mr Hammett has a writing credit on.
And no, there are no songs from St. Anger in this week’s Slaylist. Happy birthday, Kirk!