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Metallica want to perform their Ronnie James Dio/Rainbow medley live

Metallica's James Hetfield and the late-great Ronnie James Dio © Getty

Kirk Hammett says he wants Metallica to perform their 'Ronnie Rising Medley' live at an upcoming show.

The heavy metal icons covered four Ronnie James Dio-era Rainbow tracks (‘A Light In The Black’, ‘Tarot Woman’, ‘Stargazer’ and ‘Kill the King’) as part of their ‘Ronnie Rising Medley’ on the 2014 charity tribute album ‘Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life’. It later also appeared on the deluxe edition of ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’.

Metallica, of course, have covered a plethora of songs throughout their career including Budgie’s ‘Breadfan’, Queen’s ‘Stone Cold Crazy’, Diamond Head’s ‘Am I Evil?’ and the Thin Lizzy version of the traditional Irish song ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ to name but a few.

In a fan Q&A in the latest issue of Kerrang! Magazine, Metallica were asked what is their favourite cover song to play live.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett 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 (Ronnie Rising Medley). I think that’d be f***ing incredible to do that live sometime because I’m a big Dio fan, I’m a big Rainbow fan.”

Asked by another fan how they pick a setlists, drummer Lars Ulrich said: “What’s really important is every time Metallica come to your city, you get a different experience than it was the last time and it will be the next time.

“Everybody is game for mixing it up always and it also keeps us on our toes. We haven’t played the same setlist for about 15 years now.”

Planet Rock recently attended Metallica’s epic show at Stade de France in Paris where we discovered the staggering logistics involved in bringing the WorldWired tour to the Metallica family. Check out our feature right here:

Metallica's WorldWired Tour in numbers

Metallica play Manchester Etihad Stadium and London Twickenham Stadium later this month with special guests Ghost and Bokassa. The last remaining tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now.

See Metallica at the following shows:

JUNE 2019
Manchester Etihad Stadium – Tue 18th
London Twickenham Stadium – Thu 20th

>> Click here to buy tickets <<

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