Lang Lang’s Fade to Black

Lang Lang performed for the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics. Now, picture him onstage with four scruffy guys.
Lang Lang performed for the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics. Now, picture him onstage with four scruffy guys.

The 2014 Grammy Awards will feature Lang Lang teaming up with Metallica for a very special, one-off performance of Metallica’s “One.”

What do you think of this?

Actually, let me tell you what to think: it’s awesome.

Metalheads and classical nerds have way more in common than they realize. Both love those deep, edgy, endless hooks (Beethoven 5 anyone? riff city) and both the metal and classical forms tend to be complex and heavy. Both have rabid fans.

Lang Lang and Metallica will be brief, full of histrionics, and maybe forgettable.

It certainly won’t be worse than this.

Update: Performance is up (for now).  Nice when it hits at 5:12.

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One thought on “Lang Lang’s Fade to Black

  1. Pingback: Self high-five: the 2014 classical Grammys | The Classical Dark Arts by Will Roseliep

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