The 28-year-old singer announced last autumn that she’s working on a tribute album to Metallica after previously covering ‘Nothing Else Matters’ at Glastonbury in 2019.
Cyrus has now confirmed that she has drafted in Ozzy Osbourne producer Andrew Watt and the studio version of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ features ivory-tinkling from Sir Elton John, drums from Red Hot Chili Peppers star Chad Smith and cello from 18-times Grammy Award winner Yo-Yo Ma.
“I did a Metallica cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ featuring Elton John on piano. I’ve got Yo-Yo Ma, Chad Smith so many all-stars,” Cyrus told Capital.
“I’m so excited about this collaboration. Andrew Watt produced it, and I’m really stoked. I mean, having Elton John and Metallica and meI love it when ingredients don’t quite fit.”
Cyrus previously said of the Metallica album: “We’ve been working on a Metallica cover album and I’m here working on that. We’re so lucky to be able to continue to work on our art during all of this. At first, it felt uninspiring and now I’ve been totally ignited.”
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is an outspoken fan of Miley Cyrus. After witnessing her performance of Temple of the Dog’s ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’ at the star-studded I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell concert at The Forum in Los Angeles in January 2019, Ulrich took to Instagram to praise Cyrus.
“Still stunned by your next level version of ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’ for Chris! Beyond inspiring,” Ulrich enthused.
Other rock classics Miley Cyrus has previously covered include Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb.’
The singer also covered Pearl Jam’s ‘Just Breathe’ for MTV Unplugged’s Backyard Sessions, which you can watch here:
Metallica have commenced work on their new studio album, with Lars Ulrich telling Rolling Stone before Christmas” “We’re three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing.
“And of all the s— — pandemics, fires, politics, race problems, and just f—ing looking at the state of the world — it’s so easy just to so fall into a depressive state. But writing always makes me feel enthusiastic about what’s next. It’s like, ‘F—, there’s an opportunity here to still make the best record, to still make a difference. To still do something that not even turns other people on but turns me on.”