CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said that James Hetfield was the guitarist. Kirk Hammett was on guitar. We’ve updated this article accordingly.
Those who’ve begun to think Metallica are going soft in their old age will be happy to hear that the thrash legends just made their most metal creative choice in decades: to cover ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”
Currently on the European leg of their globe-spanning Worldwired tour, James Hetfield and Co. have fallen into a little tradition of sprinkling into their set a cover of a song that honours a musical artist from the city they’re playing in; highlights from these tributes include Falco’s europop forever-jam “Rock Me Amadeus” in Vienna and A-ha’s earworm ‘Take On Me’ in during their Norway stop.
Although it wasn’t a Friday night, the lights were low when the group took the stage in Stockholm, Sweden and offered their own take on the classic song by the newly-resurrected, soon-to-be-hologrammified ABBA .
The cover—performed by Kirk Hammet on guitar and bassist Rob Trujillo, who also took over vocal duties from the ‘Het—comes out sounding kind of like if “Dancing Queen” existed in an alternate timeline as a half-baked 90’s Red Hot Chili Peppers B-side, and whether or not that sounds like your cup of tea, it still got the crowd chanting along.