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It's the day after Metallica played a stunning concert with the San Francisco Symphony at the city's enormous new Chase Center, and guitarist Kirk Hammett is letting his hair down in a tank top at his favorite restaurant in Sonoma, California. He's here for a photo shoot for an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, but at the moment he's reviewing video of last night's rendition of "Nothing Else Matters," which features a newly souped-up orchestral intro. The sight of it - or maybe the sound of it - brings an ear-to-ear smile to his face.

The gig, dubbed "S&M2," was a supersized sequel to the metal militia's first collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony in 1999, when it was led by conductor Michael Kamen and cheekily called "S&M" for "Symphony & Metallica." The latest installment featured smartly textured, cinematic renditions of deep cuts that already sound grandly orchestral, like the instrumental "The Call of Ktulu" and the crushing "Master of Puppets," as well as daring arrangements of big, pummeling hits like "Enter Sandman" and "Wherever I May Roam," which sounded like a cousin of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" in all its Middle Eastern–tinged majesty. Although the original S&M was released on CD and home video, its sequel, which featured Metallica playing in and around 76 members of the symphony led by music director Michael Tilson Thomas and conductor Edwin Outwater, will first be shown in cinemas around the world October 9th and again on October 13th for everyone who wasn't able to make it to the two concerts.

Ahead of screenings of their ‘S&M2' concerts, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and members of the San Francisco Symphony discuss why they collaborated again.   READ THE FULL RollingStone & WATCH THE VIDEO           (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)