Metallica Salute Michael Jackson and Queen
Another day another Michael Jackson story. This time it’s metal’s biggest band, Metallica, covering Jacko and classic rockers Queen.
Upon coming out for their encore at Sonisphere in Germany the band broke into Eddie Van Halen’s famous riff from Jacko’s hit ‘Beat It’, which frontman James Hetfield claimed was guitarist Kirk Hamett’s main influence.
Next James said: “OK, here’s a part where we play a song that’s inspired us to play music from a band that we grew up listening to. Tonight, the chosen band is Queen.” The band then burst into Stone Cold Crazy.
Metallica’s love for Queen led them to cover the same song for compilation album Rubaiyat in 1990. The recording appeared as a b-side to their legendary single, Enter Sandman and later on their Garage Inc album in 1998.
Our suggestions for other unlikely Metallica covers for their forthcoming slot at Sonisphere UK are, ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush, Chic’s ‘Le Freak’ and ‘You Sexy Thing’ by Hot Chocolate. So if you’re reading James, get it sorted!