Sir Elton John Says He’s ‘Just Done Something with Metallica’ During Lockdown …

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From casually vowing to “hit somebody” if singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers was shut out of her four Grammy nominations (which she was) to divulging information about upcoming musical projects, the Apple Music 1 program/podcast Rocket Hour has been a wealth of information regarding Sir Elton John lately.

The latest bit of news from Sir Elton (who just celebrated his 74th birthday late last week) is an especially intriguing one: He says he’s “just done something” with none other than thrash/metal titans Metallica.

While chatting with guest SG Lewis, Elton dropped some news regarding what he’s kept up with during lockdown over the past year or so:

 “During this lockdown period, I’ve been working with Gorillaz and people like that. I haven’t been doing any Elton [solo] stuff, but I’ve been doing great stuff with other people,” he said, adding that, “I’ve just done something with Metallica.”

Now, this could be a literal collaboration between the two iconic acts, or it could be something else entirely. As Consequence pointed out, Miley Cyrus has some sort of covers album in the works that includes a take on Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” featuring Elton:

“I did a Metallica cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ featuring Elton John on piano,” said Cyrus in January regarding her upcoming project. “I’ve got Yo-Yo Ma, Chad Smith; so many all-stars. I’m so excited about this collaboration. I’m really stoked. I love when ingredients don’t quite fit.”

October 2020 saw Elton’s project with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz materialize in the form of the song “The Pink Phantom,” which included an animated music video:

And Metallica has peppered in unlikely collaborations over the course of its incredible career, including an experimental album, Lulu, with Lou Reed in 2011, so neither party in this situation is unaccustomed to doing something outside the box, so to speak.

The most recent studio album from Metallica was 2016’s Hardwired … To Self-Destruct, and the group released the massive S&M2: Metallica & San Francisco Symphony live album/Blu-ray set in August, capturing some special live concerts from a pre-pandemic San Francisco.

Here’s hoping we get to hear whatever musical magic Elton John and Metallica cooked up in the studio, whatever form it takes.


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