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Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Guitar World's Big Four Photo Shoot in Milan, Italy

Guitar World made history in Milan, Italy, on July 6, 2011.

We got Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Slayer’s Kerry King and Anthrax’s Scott Ian to pose for a bunch of group photos — the first photos ever to feature all the guitarists of thrash metal’s Big Four tour.

Legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin was doing the shooting that day. And while you can see some of Halfin's photos from that shoot on the cover and fold-out poster in the November 2011 issue of Guitar World, and a bunch more in our Big Four Poster Book Special, here (below) are the behind-the-scenes photos, as shot by Guitar World's Jimmy Hubbard and Brad Angle.

Enjoy!

Photo (above): Jimmy Hubbard

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.