# CCLII…Kirk Hammett…Among Others…

Today, November 18th (aside from being my nephew’s and a close friend’s birthday), is the 53rd birthday of Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett.  While memories of his exquisite mastery of his craft flood my mind, I am immediately brought back to the first song featuring his guitar prowess…”Creeping Death” from before they went commercial.

As I was into commercial “pop” music at that time, I really didn’t appreciate the intricacies of that particular song…it features (easily) some of the best lead/rhythm guitar work that the band has produced.  This doesn’t even begin to tell you that the song that hooked me with the band was for their first video, “One”…which, if you haven’t heard, either, it is a brilliant piece that Kirk and his band mates really raised the bar for metal at that time.

To Mr. Hammett, who I met with the band in 1993, many happy more…Also, to Jadi in JC and my nephew, happy birthday!!!

Also celebrating today are late astronaut Alan Shepard (1923-1998), actress Brenda Vaccaro (1939), “Dynasty”s Linda Evans (1942), former “Simon & Simon” star Jameson Parker (1947), former Quiet Riot/Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo (1950) and comedian Kevin Nealon from Saturday Night Live and “Weeds” was born in 1953.

Finishing today’s list are former NFL quarterback Wareen Moon (1956), actress Elizabeth Perkins (1960), late Vixen guitarist Jan Kuehnemund (1961-2013), comedian Owen Wilson (1968), NBA journeyman (and Timberwolves’ player from 2003-2005) Sam Cassell was born in 1969, current Red Sox first baseman/DH “Big Papi” David Ortiz (1975) and Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Johnny Christ was born in 1984.

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\


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