“[Frontman] Burke [Shelley] wanted to write a song about nonsense.” According to setlist.fm, Metallica have performed the song 331 times, the most recent being at Target Center, Minneapolis on September 4, 2018. You can’t put a price on creativity… or can you? Metallica contributed this Queen banger to a 1990 compilation album Rubáiyát: Elektra’s 40th Anniversary. There was a problem. Nowhere is Metallica’s debt to the NWOBHM more explicit than here, their take on the hard-riffing B-side of Blitzkrieg’s 1981 single Buried Alive. A highlight from The $5.98 E.P. It really fits the road.”. setlist.fm estimates the song has been performed live a staggering 818 times. Gay porn! This ballad, taken from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album, Pronounced ‘Lĕh-’nérd ‘Skin-’nérd, was first performed during Metallica’s set at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit in 1997. “It’s a movin’ on song. Metallica’s version, however, added even more crunch and changes the original lyrics for a more violent perspective. Released on the B-side of the Harvester Of Sorrow single, this thundering anti-money screed (originally recorded on 1973’s Never Turn Your Back On A Friend album) remains a live Metallica staple. At The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness in 1991, a guitar-free Hetfield joined Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and the surviving members of Queen for the song in front of a sold-out Wembley Stadium, as well as TV and radio audiences in 76 countries around the world. In recognition of the inspiration they’ve received from heroes and peers alike, the quartet have officially released almost 40 covers and, somewhat ridiculously, have even won Grammys for two of them – their takes on Queen’s Stone Cold Crazy and Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey In The Jar. When Lars Ulrich first heard Bob Seger’s Turn The Page (originally featured on the Michigan singer-songwriter’s Back In ’72 album) while driving across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge he heard “James [Hetfield] all over it.” Recorded for the Garage Inc, album in autumn 1998, Hetfield duly instils a sense of quiet nobility into Seger’s meditative lyric about life on the road for a touring musician. The recordings, as the kids say, slap. The View (Lou Reed & Metallica cover) Play Video stats: 1 : Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World (Ramones cover) Play Video stats: 1 : You Really Got Me (The Kinks cover) Play Video stats: 1 : You're … It was like, ‘Whoa! Visit our corporate site. The performance – which found its way onto Garage Inc. – features Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington, Corrosion Of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan, Blue Traveler’s John Popper, Primus’ Les Claypool, Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and former Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin. I hated The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Love and all that other happy shit.”, The band paid tribute to the fathers of heavy metal with a cover of Sabbra Cadabra (and part of A National Acrobat placed in the mid-section), taken from their 1973 album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Dubbed the Ronnie Rising Medley, this thumping tribute to the late vocalist features A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer from Rainbow’s 1976 release, Rising, and Kill The King from their 1978 release, Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll. “Track two side two of this record contains some of the ruder everyday English expressions,” reads a sticker on the 12-inch. They could probably play it in their sleep, if such a challenge existed. Bath Torture! “It’s just one of those songs, man,” he said. Monsters Of Rock US 1988: The Making Of Metallica, Riots! The song later also appeared alongside Am I Evil? Metallica are hugely indebted to this Stourbridge metal band. I killed your baby today.’ Opening lines don’t come much more memorable than that. Paul Brannigan Charting Metallica’s best covers of everything from Misfits to Queen! It wasn’t until the band introduced Jason Newsted by way of the The $5.98 E.P. Heavy as shit.’ Sabbath was everything that the ’60s weren’t. The latter appeared as a B-side on their 1988 Harvester Of Sorrow 12-inch single and the Eye Of The Beholder seven-inch, which enjoyed a U.S.-only release the same year. “If this is likely to offend, then move swiftly on… and buy some earplugs next time you walk out of the front door.”. “Okay, I don’t really hate him, but he was one of the guys I’d hear on the radio all the time polluting my ears with [whines] ‘Get your old records off the shelf…’ That really annoyed me. Neither song, however, makes it into our list of the band’s 10 best covers…. The B-side to this Leicester metal band’s 1981 debut single Buried Alive was covered by Metallica at their very first show on March 14, 1982, at Radio City in Anaheim, California, appearing second on the setlist after Hit The Lites (sic). I immediately thought, ‘I gotta put this on.’ And when I did, I couldn’t believe it. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Cliff Burton introduced James Hetfield to New Jersey horror-punks Misfits, and Hetfield discovered Last Caress on the band’s 1980 EP Beware. Like any band worth their salt, Metallica love Motörhead. “I always loved that one,” James told Metallica’s fan club magazine So What!. Metallica were long-time fans of this Cardiff trio and covered two of the their songs: Crash Course In Brain Surgery (released on The $5.98 E.P. Since forming in 1981, Metallica have worn their influences on their sleeve. Pit For Their Fifth Show Ever. Nowhere is Metallica’s debt to the NWOBHM more explicit than here, their take on the hard-riffing B-side of Blitzkrieg’s 1981 single Buried Alive. We’re A Happy Family, Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World, Commando and Cretin Hop appeared as B-sides on the various formats of the title track, which was released as a single in 2003. Metallica’s contribution to the 2012 Classic Rock magazine-curated Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head collection was originally the B-side of Deep Purple’s 1972 single Never Before. Metallica originally did Last Caress, The Train Kept A-Rollin', All Day and All of the Night, Iron Man … The sheer relish with which James Hetfield delivers lyrics about bestiality, STDs, drugs and schoolgirl sex here makes So What the filthiest of guilty pleasures. Metallica recorded six Ramones covers during the St. Anger sessions. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, It also appeared on the cassette single of Sad But True, where a further sticker informs the listened which colourful words appear in the song: fucking (2), sucked (3), pox (1), cunt (4), piss (1), prat (1), cock (2), scabs (1), fucked (5), jacked (1), spewed (1) and crabs (1). “Whether it was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell or Dio, his powerful voice was instantly recognisable and his music inspired and influenced the four of us tremendously. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, The world’s biggest and best metal magazine, (Image credit: Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty Images). Recorded for the B-side of the Creeping Death single, the Leicester band’s titular anthem was actually the first cover song Metallica played in front of a paying audience, at their debut show in Anaheim, on March 14, 1982 [The Hetfield/Ulrich original Hit The Lights, appropriately, was the world’s introduction to the then LA-based band]. BA1 1UA. The secrets of Metallica’s Black Album revealed, How the Garage Days EP pulled Metallica back from the brink, We put together the ultimate Master Of Puppets covers album, Sodom’s Genesis XIX: thrash veterans strip away the fuss – and the thrills, Hatebreed’s Weight Of The False Self: bulldozing optimism from hardcore’s moshpit kings, Lars Ulrich: Phil Towle 'saved' Metallica, Every Within Temptation album ranked from worst to best, The crazy laughing televangelist from the US election has been turned into a metal song. We’re A Happy Family, Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, Today Your Love, Tomorrow the … Both Lars and James inducted Black Sabbath into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006. Last Caress has remained a staple of their live set for the last three decades. ‘I’ve got something to say. Thank you for signing up to Metal Hammer. Played 50-50!!! The song later appeared on the B-side of their Enter Sandman single the following year, and scooped a GRAMMY for Best Metal Performance. The song – taken from their 1980’s eponymous album – is stripped of its post-punk angst and layered with aggressive thrash riffs. During the 1995 Load sessions, the band recorded Overkill, Damage Case, Stone Dead Forever and Too Late Too Late as a gift for Lemmy. “We got the whole thing about riffs and structuring, the adventure and liberties from them,” admitted Lars Ulrich, acknowledging that “50 per cent” of Metallica’s original blueprint was lifted from the Stourbridge quartet. The tracks were later released across Hero Of The Day single’s international formats and a limited edition EP titled MotörheadACHE. on the B-side to Creeping Death. “Iron Maiden are 10 per cent cooler than every other band,” Lars tells K!. Having first seen the British rock legends in concert at the age of 9, Lars Ulrich inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year, and Metallica’s sensitive treatment of this deep cut is equally respectful. Their music was so cool because it was completely anti-hippie. And is it possible to pick just one Diamond Head cover without getting a headache? Metallica are headlining the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on June 18 (get your tickets now) and Twickenham Stadium in London on June 20 (get your tickets now). “If there was no Black Sabbath, there’d be no Metallica,” Lars told the audience. : Garage Days Re-Revisited in 1987) and Breadfan (the original appeared on Budgie’s 1973 album Never Turn Your Back On A Friend). It was the first single from Garage Inc. and spent 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “1st ever gig,” wrote Lars after the show. All rights reserved. Metallica’s cover appeared on the The Unforgiven single in 1991 and the label went to great lengths to warn their fans of the obnoxious delights that lay in store. Bob Seger’s song Turn The Page is an emotionally raw look at the life of a touring musician and featured on his 1973 album Back In ’72. Skynyrd fanatic Cliff Burton would surely have approved. “Their album covers really drew me in. “I think that’d be fucking incredible to do that live sometime because I’m a big Dio fan, I’m a big Rainbow fan,” Kirk tells Kerrang!. “I fucking hate Bob Seger, but that song is great,” James Hetfield told Guitar World. This Maiden song – taken from their 1980 self-titled debut – was recorded by Metallica especially for Kerrang!’s cover-mounted tribute album Maiden Heaven in 2008. Metallica covered Last Caress, The Train Kept A-Rollin', All Day and All of the Night, Iron Man and other songs. By Louder is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. : Garage Days Re-Revisited, was one of four Diamond Head songs from Lightning To The Nations passed off as Metallica originals at the band’s first ever show. You’re off doing your own thing. The recording was dusted off eight years later as a bonus track for their three-disc version of Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. “They were smashing guitars and singing about some horrible stuff – in pop songs,” the singer noted admiringly. Lars Ulrich spent the summer of 1981 in England and struck up a friendship with singer and guitarist, Sean Harris and Brian Tatler. Released (alongside Blitzkrieg) on the B-side of the Creeping Death 12 inch single, the labyrinthine Am I Evil? You will receive a verification email shortly. Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit in 1997, Lars and James inducted Black Sabbath into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006, driving and yelling along to Ace Of Spades, I spent the day in Metallica’s inner circle, Lars Ulrich on how rock and roll ruined his life, The Most Expensive Rock And Metal Albums Of All Time, This Tuesday: Salem Hit The K! The sixth song, 53rd & 3rd, featured on the all-star compilation We’re A Happy Family: A Tribute To Ramones, alongside the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and Green Day. The moment where Metallica abandoned their agreed plan to play King Nothing live on the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards and smashed through Last Caress and the gleefully obscene So What for a gobsmacked audience instead is pure TV gold. We had so much fun with this!”. Receive news and offers from our other brands? When we were asked to be a part of a tribute album for Ronnie, of course we immediately said, ‘Fuck yeah!’ Choosing a song to record, however, was a much harder decision… so we did four!”. Sloppy as hell, but undeniably charming, Metallica’s live-in-the-studio version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s travelling man epic, recorded on December 17, 1997, features cameos from Alice In Chains duo Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, ex-Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin, Primus’ Les Claypool, COC’s Pepper Keenan, Blues Traveller man John Popper and Skynyrd’s own last man standing, Gary Rossington. Last Caress was taken from the 1980 Beware EP, while the thunderous Green Hell can be found on the 1983 album Earth A.D. that Last Caress is one of his favourite covers to perform live. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? “Throughout the years we’ve made no secret of our deep love and admiration for Ronnie James Dio,” wrote Metallica in a post explaining their involvement with the Dio tribute album, Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life. © Here are their top 10 best cover songs, They might be stadium rock superstars now, but just like every other band Metallica started out playing cover versions in a garage. Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn and Brad Delson re-live Linkin Park’s ground-breaking debut album as it turns 20. (Metal Hammer) 23 November 2016, From Misfits to Diamond Head, Metallica have recorded some incredible covers. Over the course of their career, the band have recorded myriad covers for single B-sides, The $5.98 E.P. “I hereby not only acknowledge but scream from every fucking rooftop that Black Sabbath is and always will be synonymous with heavy metal.”. Metallica’s version is heavier than Seger’s, and is accompanied by a gritty video directed by Jonas ‘Lords Of Chaos’ Åkerlund, featuring adult actress Ginger Lynn who plays a stripper and sex worker. Indeed, their early show setlists were populated by their British metal heroes Blitzkrieg, Diamond Head, Savage and Sweet Savage – their first show featured no less than seven covers and two original compositions. This faithful cover was included as a B-side on the 1984 single Creeping Death, and latterly as part of the band’s 1998 compilation, Garage, Inc. Like Last Caress, this NWOBHM classic has been performed hundreds of times. Recorded by Greg Fidelman at the tail-end of their Death Magnetic sessions, the band add their own crunching intro to this Steve Harris and Paul Di’Anno composition. Once upon a time Lars Ulrich slept on Diamond Head guitarist Brian Tatler’s bedroom floor: royalties from Metallica’s four recorded Diamond Head covers have since bought Tatler a new house. 5. This medley also features the intro from Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills, albeit purposefully out of tune. Pit in association with Nordic Spirit is on the way! Just a few weeks ago, Kirk Hammett told K! “To be able to play that stuff live sometime would be pretty cool.”, “I discovered Black Sabbath by digging through my older brother’s record collection,” James Hetfield told Guitar World in 1992. A. Riff. But being on tour as long as we have, I’ve got to say that one song sums up the whole road experience really, really well.”. What. : Garage Days Re-Revisited, this Killing Joke cover was debuted at Metallica’s legendary 100 Club show in August 1987, a warm-up for their Monsters Of Rock appearance at Castle Donington. : Garage Days Re-Revisited, the Garage Inc. compilation and limited edition EPs. This song features Lars sharing vocal duties with James. The creepy ‘Mommy, where’s fluffy?’ line was supposed to be at the start of their Diamond Head cover The Prince, but ended up on this song. It got us thinking, what are their most memorable tributes? While the band have not performed this tribute live, it’s something that Kirk hopes to visit in the future. Sign up below to get the latest from Metal Hammer, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! Lars actually witnessed what was to be Paul’s final show with Maiden in Copenhagen on September 10, 1981. If the band ever decide to release all six tracks as a standalone release called The Memory Ramones, we’d be quite happy for them to use the title in return for a case of Enter Night. Having previously tackled Budgie’s Crash Course In Brain Surgery on The $5.98 E.P. Lars Ulrich heard the song while driving through San Francisco and remarked that it had “James Hetfield all over it”. During their early shows, the band’s repertoire included four of Diamond Head’s songs from their 1980 debut Lightning To The Nations: The Prince, Am I Evil?, Helpless and Sucking My Love. And there’s a couple of ‘fuck’s added for good measure. “Very nervous. Went down pretty good.”. The song, originally taken from their 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack, showed a heavier side to the British band. Probably not the sort of thing to consider when you’re about to sing with your heroes. The song, written by bassist Dee Dee Ramone, recounts the story of a young male prostitute in a salubrious part of Manhattan, described by the New York times as “the Loop, where young male hustlers hang out out and older men cruise to buy sexual favours”. : Garage Days Re-Revisited in 1987, that they would record and release this Misfits medley. Only band. What a world. It was performed a second time a couple of month’s later during their Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You unplugged session for San Jose radio station KSJO. Please refresh the page and try again. “We played Remember Tomorrow as it was basically the blueprint for songs like Fade To Black and Welcome Home (Sanitarium), and some of the more epic ballad-y type of songs that Metallica had done later. Metallica recorded six Ramones covers during the St. Anger sessions. “Budgie wrote great songs, abstract songs about life [but] Breadfan is about nonsense,” drummer Ray Phillips told the BBC. The next instalment of The K! Recorded for Iron Maiden tribute album Maiden Heaven during the final weeks of tracking 2008’s Death Magnetic album, Lars Ulrich acknowledges that Steve Harris and Paul Di’Anno’s 1980 power ballad was “basically the blueprint for songs like Fade To Black and …Sanitarium.” Incidentally, Ulrich actually saw Di’Anno’s final show with Maiden, at the Odd Fellows Mansion in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 10, 1981. offered a template for Metallica’s own multi-part epics, and having performed the song no fewer than 741 times, the San Franciscan band probably have squatter’s rights on it at this point. Freddie Mercury sings about shooting people with a ‘rubber Tommy water gun’, while James Hetfield’s shooter is ‘fully-loaded’. With themes of bestiality, sexual diseases, fellating elderly gentlemen and visits to England’s southeastern coastal towns, this song originally appeared on the Anti-Nowhere League’s 1981 debut single Streets Of London. The song that introduced Jason Newsted to Metallica fans, the opening cut on The $5.98 E.P. You’re splitting, you’re leaving your woman at home. : Garage Days Re-Revisited, Metallica revisited the cult Welsh proto-metallers’ catalogue when settling into LA’s One On One studio for the recording of the …And Justice For All album. Step forward, Creeper frontman Will Gould’s new project Salem…, This website requires Javascript to be enabled. Dave [Mustaine] broke a string on the first song. Recorded for the B-side of the Creeping Death single, the Leicester band’s titular anthem was actually the first cover song Metallica played in front of a paying audience, at their debut show in Anaheim, on March 14, 1982 [The Hetfield/Ulrich original Hit The Lights, appropriately, was the world’s introduction to the then LA-based band] Only just recently, James Hetfield posted an Instagram video of him driving and yelling along to Ace Of Spades.