Ernie Ball and METALLICA have announced the winners of the “Hetfield + Hammett Experience” contest. The three grand prize winners won a trip to meet James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett at the METALLICA HQ, the bandmembers’ inner sanctum in San Rafael, California where they record, write, and houses memorabilia from their 30-plus years of touring worldwide.

Trevor, Kim, and Anthony had the opportunity to pick the metal masters’ brains, hear stories from the road, and learn invaluable lessons about their music gear, playing techniques, and even personal stories with an exclusive question-and-answer session. Check out all of the behind-the-scenes footage below.

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METALLICA just completed a 24-date European tour and is next scheduled to hit the road at the end of the summer for the 2018-2019 North American leg of of its “WorldWired” tour.

Touring in support of its latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, that arrived in November 2016, METALLICA launched the world tour in Latin America a month before the disc’s release. In early 2017, prior to the North American stadium tour, the band made festival appearances and headlined concerts at venues in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Although METALLICA played U.S. stadiums last summer, the band was mostly indoors for the first leg of its European tour last fall.

METALLICA‘s European tour included the first drone swarm for a major touring act. It consisted of 120 autonomous micro drones that emerge from the main-stage prop lifts during the song “Moth Into Flames” and swarm into several formations over the band’s heads, according to Pollstar.