This is not a hoax. Elton John has revealed that he’s recently worked with Metallica on “something” during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Just over a year after he performed and sang on Ozzy Osbourne’s album title track ‘Ordinary Man’, Sir Elton confirmed he’s working with rock royalty again.
“I’ve just done something with Metallica,” Elton said on his Rocket Hour show. “During this lockdown period. I’ve been working with Gorillaz and people like that. I haven’t been doing any Elton stuff, but I’ve been doing great stuff with other people.”
No more details have been revealed about Elton John and Metallica’s collaboration and whether it’s studio work, a live recording or something different altogether.
Back in September 2019, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich attended Elton John’s show at The Chase Center in San Francisco and posted a photo of himself with The Rocketman backstage.
“Beyond inspiring to spend an evening in the company of one of the greatest songwriters and entertainers ever,” Lars wrote. “Thank you Elton for your generosity and embracing vibes!”
Metallica released the highly divisive album with Lou Reed, ‘Lulu’, back in 2011 and in February 2017 they performed ‘Moth Into Flame’ with Lady Gaga at The Grammy Awards. There was even talk that Gaga would become the 5th member of Metallica and record with the band on their next studio record. What happened to all of that?
For the record, the story about Metallica releasing an album with Gaga in 2019 was an April fools prank by The Metal Den. pic.twitter.com/RqwhitCtnS— GM ❾❻ (@gagamonster96) April 3, 2017
Last November, Lars Ulrich said Metallica are a month into “pretty serious writing” on their 11th studio album.
“We’re three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing,” he told Rolling Stone. “And of all the s— — pandemics, fires, politics, race problems, and just f—ing looking at the state of the world — it’s so easy just to so fall into a depressive state. But writing always makes me feel enthusiastic about what’s next.
“It’s like, ‘F—, there’s an opportunity here to still make the best record, to still make a difference. To still do something that not even turns other people on but turns me on.”
Metallica have performed live three times so far in 2021. They kicked things off by performing ‘Enter Sandman’ during a Super Bowl LV special on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
A few weeks later they performed ‘Ride the Lightning’ classic ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ for BlizzCon, and earlier this month they marked the 35th anniversary of their seminal metal masterpiece ‘Master of Puppets’ with a live performance of ‘Battery.’