This one’s controversial: Adam Lambert sings Metallica’s classic Enter Sandman live onstage in New Zealand.
I picked this up on Noisecreep, where the writer of the post was mildly put-out that Lambert added his trademark vocal histrionics to Metallica’s “bruising anthem”. Me, I thought Lambert proved that he could do an admirable version of an iconic song. He definitely wailed a little bit too much though – even if this was Axl Rose, he couldn’t have carried off the gruffness that James Hetfield brought to the original.
At the same time, I discovered metal through softer rock acts like Bon Jovi and Poison. I consider those types of bands my ‘in’ to that world, and maybe Adam’s version of Enter Sandman will attract some of his fans to check out Metallica. I doubt Hetfield and Ulrich will be offended at that. What do you say?