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Kirk Hammett is responsible for some of the most popular guitar solos of the past three-plus decades, but which are his favorite?

Hammett broke down his three favorite Metallica guitar solos in an interview with Metal Hammer and they are from the following songs:

“Hero Of The Day” from 1996’s Load
“Fade To Black” from 1984’s Ride The Lightning
“One” from 1988’s …And Justice For All

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Hammett’s stories behind each solo are very interesting, but the best story comes via “One” where he explains, “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.’”

Hammett continues, “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!’”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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