Kirk Hammett Lists His Top 3 Metallica Solos

After almost 40 years in the band, Metallica’s lead guitarist names the three favorite solos he’s played.

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Kirk Hammett listed his three favorite guitar solos he’s played on Metallica songs.

“Fade To Black” – “One of a slew of solos I love playing live because I get to improvise, change it all up, never play the same solo twice. I don’t know what the fuck I’m going to play from the first lick, and I love that, I love knowing that I’m dancing on the knife-edge, that’s the excitement I f***in’ live for.”

“One” – “Lars called me and said, ‘Can you come down? We need a solo on the new song demo.’ I remember showing up with my guitar, Lars played me the track a couple of times and I fiddled with it, figured out where James was going. I said, ‘OK, press record.’ Next thing I know, my hand is tapping on the neck, following the chord progression, it just came out of air! Afterwards I was thinking, ‘Well, that was kind of a trip!’”

“Hero Of The Day” – “The way it goes from minor to major, it starts with a rhythmic thing then brings the next part to the next level… A lot of people would disagree, and I don’t know why, but to me it’s one of my favourite things I’ve ever done.”