June 6, 2019

Kirk Hammett says that he would like to see METALLICA perform its Ronnie James Dio medley live at an upcoming concert.

METALLICA's "Ronnie Rising Medley" consisted of four Dio-era RAINBOW songs ("A Light In The Black", "Tarot Woman", "Stargazer" and "Kill The King") and was included on the 2014 charity tribute album "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life". "Ronnie Rising Medley" later also appeared on the deluxe edition of METALLICA's latest studio album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct".

Hammett and the other members of METALLICA were asked to name their favorite cover song to play live in a fan question-and-answer session in the latest issue of U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine. The guitarist replied: "Well, [MISFITS'] 'Last Caress' is just one of those songs, man. It's just so quick and to the point. I love a lot of the covers we do.

"One thing that I would like to do live one of these days is the Dio/RAINBOW medley. I think that'd be fucking incredible to do that live sometime because I'm a big Dio fan, I'm a big RAINBOW fan."

Back in 2014, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that covering RAINBOW's classic material was a no-brainer. "[Dio's] music is so much a part of what's in METALLICA's DNA, the harder, edgier, blues-based hard rock from the seventies," he explained. "It was fairly effortless to put this together, because it's something that we were all reared on. I don't recall sitting there in a band meeting or anything deciding what to play. Somebody starts playing 'Stargazer' — which is sort of just like something that's in our arsenal to jam — and then that whole period there, 'Tarot Woman', 'Kill The King', 'A Light In The Black' — that's just really effortless to jump into."

Other songs that METALLICA has covered in the past include DIAMOND HEAD's "Am I Evil?", BUDGIE's "Breadfan", QUEEN's "Stone Cold Crazy" and DEEP PURPLE's "When A Blind Man Cries".

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