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Watch: Metallica Brings Out Inner Child in Hilarious Jimmy Fallon Segment

Every musician had to start somewhere. For many, it all began in elementary school, when students were invited into a classroom filled with instruments and invited to try them all before selecting one and joining the school band. Even edgy metal bands like Metallica started playing simple riffs on basic instruments.

On a new episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Metallica members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich joined Fallon and The Roots in a rendition of “Classroom Instruments.” This segment features popular songs and famous artists playing their hits on–you guessed it–classroom instruments. These range from kazoos, recorders, little xylophones and more.

Metallica’s song of choice was “Enter Sandman.” If you have a hard time imagining what this metal song could possibly sound like on these teeny tiny instruments, you’re not alone. You need to listen to believe it:


Though it takes a minute to settle in and figure out what the heck is going on, once they get going, it looks like everybody is having a blast off in “never never land.”

The “Classroom Instruments” segment got started all the way back in 2012, when Carly Rae Jepsen appeared with Jimmy Fallon to perform her song “Call Me Maybe.” We don’t know what prompted the trip down memory lane (maybe Jepsen’s youthful subject matter sparked some of the inspiration to go back to elementary school?), but we’re glad this took off.

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Since then, a ton of artists have hopped on the trend of going back to their roots with some silly, fun instruments. Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Idina Menzel, Madonna, The Lonely Island, Adele, One Direction and Meghan Trainor have all taken part in the segment.

Out of all these artists, however, Metallica probably had the biggest contrast when comparing the new version to the original. Who said kazoos can’t rock?

BandRumors Staff

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