Video footage of Bieber performing an impromptu acoustic cover of the song was revealed earlier this year. In the 15-second clip, Bieber is seeing playing air guitar while he tries to recreate the guitar solo from Metallica’s 1984 original with his voice. Bieber is accompanied by his musical director Dan Kanter on guitar.
Asked by Kerrang! how they feel about having Bieber as a fan, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich said they were happy with Hetfield stating: “Are we Beliebers? Yes.”
Elaborating on the subject of Bieber, Ulrich adds: “Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid’s really talented and obviously to go through what he’s going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he’s super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes ‘One’, and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.”
Bieber has previously revealed that he is a big fan of early Metallica, singling out ‘Fade To Black’ and 1988’s ‘One’ as his favourite tracks. “Those are my jams,” he told GQ last year (2012).
Earlier this month (October 15) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band are keen to play Glastonbury, saying they are “ready to go” as and when organiser Michael Eavis needs them.