Tuesday (November 27) marks 70 years since the birth of Jimi Hendrix, the man who changed electric guitar and rock’n'roll forever. For the past few weeks, CBS Local has discussed the man’s impact with musicians who came after him, his peers, and even one of his main inspirations. Everyone felt his influence, whether it was on their guitar playing, or their singing. Some even found a new direction for their life thanks to Jimi.
Kirk Hammett was an early member of Exodus before replacing Dave Mustaine (later of Megadeth) in Metallica. And while the music of the Bay Area thrash metal scene only has a passing resemblance to Hendrix, Hammett has often paid tribute to the man by playing bits of Jimi’s “Little Wing” in his guitar solos.