Across the Internet, a single reaction greeted the news Metallica will be performing at this Sunday's Grammy Awards alongside Chinese pianist Lang Lang: Huh?
“We just cannot figure out how 'Metallica' — which means pummeling, titanic riffs — and 'classical pianist' — which means dynamic agility and tonal subtlety — will go together,” we wrote at the time. (For what it's worth, The New York Times agreed.)
But as it happens, we spoke to Kirk Hammett last week and got a bit more insight into what to expect when Metallica adds a well-tempered clavier to its monstrous guitars this weekend. And it's pretty interesting.