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Interview:
Metallica plans to make "One" a singular experience with classical pianist
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Metallica was indirectly responsible for one of the Grammy Awards' most notoriously memorable moments, when it was snubbed in the first year of the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category in 1988 in favor of the decidedly non-metallic Jethro Tull. But this year the group plans to make a more musical memory.

Metallica will be performing "One" -- the single from its 1989 album "...And Justice For All" -- for a second time at the Grammys, but this time with Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang, a mash-up that guitarist Kirk Hammett promises will be "amazing."

"It's going to be a different arrangement...that highlights some of Lang Lang's playing over one of the parts of the song," Hammett reports, adding that "we're not lightening up the song just for him. We're still hanging onto all the heavy parts...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.

"So that's going to be interesting, to say the least. I've never, ever experienced that before with anyone I've ever played with, so I'm going to be pretty psyched to be playing with him. He's just an amazing pianist."

The Grammy performance comes two days before Metallica releases its recent concert film, "Metallica -- Through the Never," on DVD and Blu-ray. The group will be starting work on its next album soon, Hammett says, while the guitarist, a horror aficionado and collector, is hosting his first Fear FestEvil Feb. 7-9 in San Francisco.



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