Metallica has solidified their place as one of the greatest bands of all time with their iconic sound, but they decided to scale back on the metal and embrace some plastic for Jimmy Fallon. Alongside The Roots, Metallica played a very different version of their hit, ‘Enter Sandman.’
Metallica stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to promote their tenth studio album, “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.” Fallon couldn’t have the famous band leave without giving a performance, but decided to substitute their usual instruments for something a little more elementary.
The band took their turn at Fallon’s “Classroom Instruments” segment where artists perform their hits by using every toy instrument imaginable from plastic recorders to kazoos. House band The Roots helped the musicians out and sported Metallica tees, while Metallica rocked Roots apparel.
Equal parts hilarious and impressive, Metallica didn’t let their plastic instruments hold them back and still managed to rock their 1991 hit song with the help of The Roots and Jimmy Fallon.
Metallica isn’t the first musical act to get coaxed into playing with toy instruments, the segment has also featured artists including Idina Menzel, Adele, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
The comedic performance saw James Hetfield rocking a toy clarinet, Lars Ulrich banging away at a Fisher-Price drum set, Kirk Hammett on a melodica, and Robert Trujillo going to town on a toy electric axe.
Metallica’s first studio album in eight years, ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’ was released on November 18th by their independent label Blackened Recordings.