Metallica was in rehearsals this week preparing for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards ceremony where the heavy metal giants will perform their song “One” along with Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang.
Updates about the rehearsals along with accompanying photos of the seemingly mismatched musicians have been posted to Metallica’s social media accounts, with Lang posting to his Twitter on January 23, 2014 that he was in “epic rehearsal with the Metallica guys.”
Here below you can check out some photos of the rehearsal, which were posted to Metallica’s Facebook page.
Metallica, who is nominated this year for a Grammy for Best Recording Package for their Through The Never film soundtrack, was the first hard rock band to perform at the Grammy Awards back in 1989, where they were nominated for the then-new category Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for the album …And Justice For All. From the album, they played “One” and to say the long-haired thrash metal titans blew the roof off the pop-filled Grammy auditorium with their visual and aural assault of machine gun fire effects and guitar riffs, blistering guitar solos, and rapid double-bass drumming, as well as the screams of the horrors of war is an understatement. After the young heavies performed the nominated melodic thrash tune at the ceremony, they stood on the side of the stage and looked on as Jethro Tull was announced as the winner, much to everyone’s shock and dismay. The lost become one of the most memorable and controversial moments in Grammy Awards history.
Since then, the best-selling artists has gone on to score nine Grammy Awards over the years and will take the stage on Sunday to once again perform “One,” but this time with the twist of having Lang accompany them on piano.
Speaking recently to Rolling Stone about the upcoming performance, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett said “It’s gonna be completely insane,” explaining more about Lang’s parts for the song.
“Lang Lang has interjected himself into the song in a way I don’t think anyone else has ever done in the course of our career. He’s going to be playing major parts of the song. He’s going to be playing through the melody.”
“He’s going to be weaving in and out of my guitar solos, which is amazing for me, because I’ve never played with another instrument that’s been able to do that so effortlessly.”
Hammett also said that the heavy parts of the song will remain.
“We’re keeping all the heavy parts,” he says. “And it’s going to be really cool and it’s really dynamic.”
This isn’t the first time Metallica has done a performance like this. Like older rock statesmen before them, such as Yes and Deep Purple, Metallica did a symphonic concert in 1999 with The San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Kamen, which resulted in the live album CD and DVD release S&M. “One” was part of the live set.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8pm EST/PST on CBS. Metallica – Through the Never will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 28, 2014.
UPDATE: A video of the Grammy performance from January 26th is now online, click HERE to watch it.