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Elton John: 'Metallica's Nothing Else Matters is one of the best songs ever written'

High praise from Elton

Elton John has called Metallica's Nothing Else Matters "one of the best songs ever written."

The 74-year-old star covers the track with Miley Cyrus, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo, WATT, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith for the band's new covers album The Metallica Blacklist - and he brought frontman James Hetfield to tears when he raved about the song.

Elton told The Howard Stern Show: "Listen, this is one of the best songs ever written. It's a song that never gets old. And playing on this track, I just couldn't wait. The chord structure, the melodies, the time changes, it's got drama written all over it.

"I have to say, it was a no-brainer playing on this song. Metallica are probably the creme de la creme of those kind of bands. You can't really define them. They're not a heavy metal band. They're a musical band. Their songs aren't just heavy metal. They're beautiful songs. This is such a melodic song - it's f**king great, actually."

Drummer Lars Ulrich replied: "To be able to hear what you just said Elton, sitting next to James..., the reaction that I could feel in his body language when you said it was one of the greatest songs ever written..,. this is just incredible to hear."



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