Fans Shudder as Metallica "Covers" Prince in Minneapolis

By Andrew Magnotta

September 5, 2018

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett have a tradition of ... um ... honoring local legends in whatever city Metallica plays on tour.

In the middle of the set when frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich take a short respite, Trujillo and Hammett take over, trading solos and attempting at least one shabby cover song.

It's generally understood that the covers are meant to create a lighthearted moment in an otherwise dour setlist. Trujillo generally shouts the words while reading them from pages on a music stand. Neither musician adjusts the tone of his guitar to suit whatever song they're attempting.

At best, it's silly. At worst ... it's them trying "When Doves Cry" in Minneapolis. Check it out in the video above.

The band posted video of the "doodle" to its official YouTube account Wednesday. But perplexed fans had already been going back and forth on social media, exchanging outrage and amusement.

Don't read too much into it, though. It's better for you that way. 

Trujillo and Hammett covered A-Ha's "Take On Me" earlier this year in Denmark in a similarly strange scene. 

Metallica's WorldWired Tour 2018 continues this fall. Get all the tour dates here

Photo: YouTube / MetallicaTV

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