Here’s Metallica covering Prince – with heinous results

Their latest tribute to local acts could have sounded better

Metallica covered Prince during the Minneapolis stop of their ‘Worldwired’ tour last night (September 4), with heinous results.

The band traditionally pays tribute to an artist local to the city they are playing in each night, with the likes of A-Ha, Oasis, and Black Sabbath being given the Metallica treatment in the past.

While performing at the Target Center in Minneapolis, bassist Kirk Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett took time to cover ‘When Doves Cry’. The pair gave it a metal reworking with Trujillo lending his gruff voice to the track. Watch footage of the performance below.


The cover has divided fans on Twitter. One user said the Trujillo and Hammett had an “obvious inability to do [the song] any justice.” Another added: “The only thing I heard during that was Prince rolling over in his grave.”

“This makes me happy I sat this one out,” tweeted another fan.


However, some were happy with the cover. “I love it!” wrote one Twitter user, while another said: “Metallica covering When Doves Cry is an epic, unpredictable treat.”

Earlier this week, Metallica covered Garbage’s ‘Stupid Girl’ as they kicked off their latest run of North American dates in Madison, Wisconsin – the city where the Shirley Manson-led band formed in 1993.

Meanwhile, Metallica launched their own brand of whiskey last week (August 30), called ‘Blackened’. The band have described it as “the next evolution of whiskey” and reportedly used a unique, patent-pending “sonic enhancement” process known as ‘Black Noise’ to “shape” the whiskey’s flavour.

The liquor launch followed the unveiling of a range of Nixon watches, with different models representing some of the group’s classic albums.