Co-founded the Grammy-winning heavy metal band, Metallica, and was named the eighth-greatest metal guitarist by Joel Mclver in 2009.
His favorite band growing up was Aerosmith, from whom he drew inspiration to learn the guitar.
He observed his mother die of cancer without medicine when he was 16 because of her strong belief in Christian Science, an event that inspired the Metallica song, "The God That Failed."
He married his wife, Francesca, on August 17, 1997, with whom he had three children: Cali, Castor, and Marcella.
He first met Lars Ulrich after answering a 1981 classified ad placed by Ulrich in The Recycler.
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