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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett + James Hetfield Hang With Vans Pros Nathan Fletcher + Steve Caballero

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As part of the cross-promotion for the new Metallica-created shoe line with Vans, each of the band’s members have been meeting with some of Vans-backed sports athletes for new video features.

Robert Trujillo’s clip went up first, with the bassist meeting with Vans team skater Tony Trujillo. Incidentally, both Trujillos, along with Tony’s wife Ashley, have formed the Trujillo Trio and they have tracks that can be downloaded for free here. On the heels of Trujillo’s video comes new featurettes pairing James Hetfield with pro skateboarder Steve Caballero and guitarist Kirk Hammett with pro surfer Nathan Fletcher.

In Hetfield’s video, Caballero is treated to a tour of the frontman’s vintage car collection as well as the Metallica HQ studio. Once inside, the skateboarder visits the band’s “jam room,” which is covered with the fan banners they collected over the years. There’s also the inspiration hallway, filled with photos of iconic acts like the Sex Pistols, Kiss and Black Sabbath, and what Hetfield calls “the frustration zone,” where the members can work out their anger on punching bags.

Hammett, meanwhile, reminisces with Fletcher about one of their standout performances, playing alongside Van Halen in the late ’80s. The guitarist also uses the clip to discuss his new Vans shoe. He explained, “The inspiration comes from the fact that I like wearing black and I like the fact that this is a Vans shoe that is completely black. Inside you have a little guitar pick shape stamped in there and what you see is a version of a Ouija board on the guitar pick and the inspiration from that came from one of my guitars.”

As for the target audience, he adds, “It’s very subtle. It’s made to cater to those individuals out there who like it none more black.”

Watch James Hetfield Give Skater Steve Caballero a Tour of Metallica HQ

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Watch Kirk Hammett + Pro Surfer Nathan Fletcher Catching Some Waves + Licks

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