Metallica Invites Fans Into The Studio

Metallica has teamed with the T.J. Martell Foundation to offer fans a day in the studio with the metal icons.

Metallica has teamed with the T.J. Martell Foundation to offer fans a day in the studio with the metal icons. The prize is up for bid via online auction site eBay, with proceeds to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation's initiatives in leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research. The auction ends July 19; at deadline the top bid was $19,000.

Aside from the studio visit, the winner and one guest will receive airfare and accommodations in San Francisco for two nights and eat dinner with the band and producer Bob Rock.

Metallica has been especially hospitable to its fans lately, having treated 100 lucky contest winners to a private performance last week at its San Francisco headquarters. According to Metallica's official Web site, two bass-wielding fans each got the chance to play a song live with the band, who followed by storming through a six-song set featuring the new song "Dead Kennedy Rolls," familiar favorites such as "Hit the Lights" and "Leper Messiah," and a cover of the Ramones' "Commando."

"I'll have to admit I was a bit intimidated, and I'll have to remember to f***in' warm up next time," drummer Lars Ulrich wrote of the gig on the site. "Cuz getting carried away BASHING like that is a bit rough on the arm without the mandatory pre-gig stretching, if ya know what I mean."

As previously reported, Metallica is in the studio recording its next Elektra album, with Rock filling in on bass in the wake of Jason Newsted's departure from the group. No release date has yet been set.