Metallica Covered Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ and People Definitely Have Opinions
Was it REALLY that bad?
Earlier this week at a concert in Minneapolis, Metallica did something that has spurred nearly has much online outrage as when the formerly shaggy metal legends cut their hair back in 1996.
Guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo performed a stripped-down cover of hometown hero Prince’s “When Doves Cry”, and not everyone is loving it, especially in that oasis of positivity known as Twitter.
Here’s the blessed original:
Aaaand here’s Metallica’s version as sung by Trujillo:
During the surprise performance, there were some mixed responses from the audience. Some weren’t really having it, while others were waving their phones like lighters, clearly loving the questionable take on the 1984 Prince classic. Because for many Metallica fans, the band can pretty much do no wrong.
But unsurprisingly, Twitter was not as kind:
Don't watch that Metallica cover of "When Doves Cry". Just don't.
— Nick Feratu (@nickferatu) September 6, 2018
Nothing has hurt me more than the two person Metallica cover of When Doves Cry
— senpapi (@IndiGhostAZ) September 7, 2018
I made the mistake of clicking on that “Metallica butchers ‘When Doves Cry’” link yesterday and now I can’t get said butchered cover out of my head. This is what it sounds like when my week needs to end.
— Jonah Freedman (@jonahfreedman) September 7, 2018
Metallica rocks. Metallica coveting when doves cry is an atrocity to music. Please make it stop #playsomemetallica
— Josh Thompson (@joshethompson) September 5, 2018
Does anyone really need to see Metallica cover When Doves Cry? Thats like the Baha Men covering Richie Hawtin like why pic.twitter.com/9NDQQNFQiT
— Wild & Free (@wildandfreelax) September 6, 2018
whooo boy. that 'when doves cry' cover from metallica is sure something*
* – festering garbage.
— Sad Boy Autumn is finally here! (@KevEFly) September 5, 2018
What do you think? Should Metallica have never covered “When Doves Cry” in Prince’s hometown, or do people just need to lighten the hell up?