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Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962, in San Francisco, CA) is the lead guitarist and a songwriter of the American thrash metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus. In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 5 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. He is available as a playable character in Guitar Hero: Metallica. Though he apparently recorded a Guitar Battle track for the game, as Slash and Tom Morello did for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Joe Perry did for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, it was ultimately scrapped from the game's final release.



Characters of Guitar Hero
Guitar Hero: Axel Steel - Clive Winston - Grim Ripper - Izzy Sparks - Johnny Napalm - Judy Nails - Pandora - Xavier Stone

Guitar Hero II: Casey Lynch - Lars Ümlaüt - Eddie Knox

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock: - Elroy Budvis - God of Rock - Lou - Metalhead - Midori - Slash - Tom Morello - Bret Michaels

Guitar Hero On Tour: Gunner Jaxon - Memphis Rose

Guitar Hero Aerosmith: Brad Whitford - DMC - Joe Perry - Tom Hamilton

Guitar Hero World Tour: Aaron Steele - Billy Corgan - Hayley Williams - Jimi Hendrix - Johnny Viper - Marcus Fretshredder - Matty Cannz - Nick - Ozzy Osbourne - Riki Lee - Rina -Rockubot - Shirley Crowley - Skeleton - Sting - Ted Nugent - Travis Barker - Zakk Wylde

Guitar Hero Metallica: Fembot - James Hetfield - King Diamond - Kirk Hammett - Lars Ulrich - Lemmy - Robert Trujillo - Zach Harmon

Guitar Hero Modern Hits: Simon Grimmsy - Calista Valenz

Guitar Hero: Smash Hits: Mario Greendale

Guitar Hero: Van Halen: Eddie Van Halen - Alex Van Halen - Wolfgang Van Halen - David Lee Roth

Guitar Hero 5: Johnny Cash - Carlos Santana - Shirley Manson - Matt Bellamy - Kurt Cobain - Shadow - FrankenRocker - Gerald Contest Winner - Golden God

Band Hero: Quincy Styles - Taylor Swift - Adam Levine - Gwen Stefani - Tom Dumont - Tony Kanal - Adrian Young

DJ Hero: DJ Jazzy Jeff - DJ AM - Z-Trip - Grand Master Flash - The Disc jockey

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock: Echo Tesla - Austin Tejas - Demi-God of Rock - Minotaur - Arthas Menethil

NPCs: The Bassist - Bret Michaels - The Drummer - The Female Singer - Joey Kramer - The Keyboardist - The Guitarist - The Male Singer - Steven Tyler - The Singer - The Disc jockey

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