In late January, legendary band Metallica performed their classic “One” alongside world renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. This was the first time that Metallica had performed at the awards in the last 22 years, and the rare performance was herald to be one that fans would regret missing. Well while the actual performance received heavily mixed reviews, if you were in fact a fan of the mixed style then you can now get a studio version for download via iTunes. Metallica and Lang repeated the performance at East West Studios where it was professionally mixed and mastered for individual sale, and a portion of all proceeds will go to the MusiCares charity.
There has also been a behind the scenes look at the rehearsals of the performance and how the band prepared for their return to the Grammy's.
Lars Ulrich spoke about working together with Lang Lang saying, “Weel, I would like to think that on a broader scale that music is music. We have a tendency in Metallica to not look much beyond that in terms of definitions. But, obviously he's a very talented musician, he's a very dynamic musician, he projects himself very well. I mean, when he plays, he's really full of energy and he's got a lot of kind of showmanship and kind of energy that protrudes off the stage and right into people's hearts and souls. So I would like to think that's a good collaboration.”
And Ulrich wasn't the only one impressed. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Kirk Hamett said, “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.”
Hammett went on to say that they were not altering the song in any way in an attempt to better integrate the piano. “We're not lightening up the song just for him. We're still hanging onto all the heavy parts and it's gonna be amazing. He's just an amazing pianist, and at one point he's going to be, like, weaving in and out of my guitar solo and playing parts of my guitar solo with me. That's gonna be interesting. I've never, ever experienced that before with anyone we've ever played with.”
While not all fans were impressed by the performance due to some sound issues and alleged timing issues on the part of Lars Ulrich, perhaps a studio version is the way to go if you were a fan of the style, or wanted to hear how the mash up was supposed to sound.