Elton John Says He Recorded With Metallica During Quarantine
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
March 29, 2021
"I've just done something with Metallica," the Rocketman said. "During this lockdown period. I've been working with Gorillaz and people like that. I haven't been doing any Elton stuff, but I've been doing great stuff with other people."
Metallica has been chiseling away at material for a new album since their 2020 tour dates were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with all four members in different cities, the band has struggled to schedule in-person writing/recording sessions amid the pandemic.
Drummer Lars Ulrich has explained that the band had experimented with writing via video conferencing platforms, but insurmountable lag issues have prevented the band from being able to jam in time.
Recording with John wouldn't be the first time Metallica strayed from its heavy metal roots, either. In 2011, Metallica released its infamous Lulu double-album with Lou Reed. In 2017, the band performed at the GRAMMYS with Lady Gaga.
And collaborating with Metallica wouldn't be his first foray into the heavy metal genre. John featured on the title track of Ozzy Osbourne's last studio album, Ordinary Man, playing piano and performing lead vocals alongside the Prince of Darkness.
Metallica's last studio album was 2016's Hardwired...To Self-Destruct.
Despite the band's complaints of barriers to their new music, all four members have gotten together in person on a number of occasions since the 2020 lockdowns. This calendar year alone, the band recorded two performances for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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