Elton John has always made unlikely friendships in the entertainment world. He’s a social butterfly, after all. Elton John enjoys collaborating and meeting new artists, no matter their age or gender. He is very good friends with Eminem, Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato, to name a few. But can you imagine Elton John listening and working with Metallica?
You don’t really imagine him listening to Eminem, but it’s still harder to imagine the “Bennie And The Jets” frontman listening and playing Ride the lightning.
Elton John’s has had some really interesting collaborations lately
Elton John has built his career on collaborations. He has written songs with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on over 30 albums. He’s collaborated with tons of artists over the decades, whether on albums or in concert.
However, Elton John’s recent collaborations have been interesting, to say the least. In 2020, Ozzy Osbourne asked Elton John to come and help him work on his song “Ordinary Man”, which Ozzy initially thought sounded like an Elton John song.
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When the pandemic forced everyone in, Elton John realized he wanted to collaborate with many different musicians on an album. This album turned out to be Containment sessions, which is due on October 22, 2021.
âThe last thing I expected to do during the lockdown was make an album,â he said in a statement (per Rolling stone). âBut, as the pandemic progressed, one-off projects continued to emerge. Some of the recording sessions had to be done remotely, via Zoom, which I had obviously never done before. Some of the sessions were recorded under very strict safety rules: working with another artist, but separated by glass screens.
Elton John likes all trails to be diverse and “completely different from anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone into whole new territory.” He said making the album made him feel like he had come full circle in his career; he was again a session musician.
He has worked with Dua Lipa, Eddie Vedder, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Gorillaz, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonderâ¦ and Metallica.
In March, Elton John teased on his podcast, Rocket time, that he had recently worked with Metallica on a project. âI just did something with Metallica during this lockdown period,â he said. We now know that he worked with the heavy metal band on a cover of their song “Nothing Else Matter”.
He will appear on the song along with Miley Cyrus, WATT, Yo-Yo Ma, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. New version of “Nothing Else Matters” first appeared during the making of Metallica’s new cover album The Metallica Blacklist, which was released in June to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary.
Initially, Forbes thought the Elton John and Metallica collaboration could have happened during Metallica’s work on the film Jungle cruise. They worked with James Newton Howard on a classic version of the song for the film. However, this theory was wrong.
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While promoting The Metallica Blacklist to The Howard Stern Show on September 9, Metallica was greeted with a surprise visit via Zoom from Elton John himself. He’s come in to express his love for “Nothing Else Matters”, and his comments made frontman James Hetfield cry, NME reports.
âLook, this is one of the best songs ever written,â he said. âIt’s a song that never gets old. And playing on this track, I just couldn’t wait. The structure of the chords, the melodies, the weather changes, there is drama written everywhere.
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âI have to say it was obvious to play on this song,â he continued. âMetallica is probably the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of these kinds of bands. You can’t really define them. They are not a heavy metal band. It’s a musical group. Their songs aren’t just heavy metal. They are beautiful songs. It’s such a melodic song – it’s really great, actually. “
“To be able to hear what you just said Elton, sitting next to Jamesâ¦ the reaction I could get in his body language when you said it was one of the greatest songs ever writtenâ¦ it was is just amazing to hear, âsaid the drummer. , Lars Ulrich.
Finally, Elton John concluded that appearing on the album, especially an album celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary, was a no-brainer. Of course, he had to come and help celebrate that kind of talent. Elton John is a class act.