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Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” Gets a Fresh Spin by a 10-Year-Old with Foo Fighters Live

At a Kansas City concert, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl was joined by Collier, a young guitar prodigy of only 10, for a live rendition of Metallica’s iconic “Enter Sandman.” In an unforgettable moment, Grohl invited the youngster onstage to play alongside him and the Foo Fighters’ esteemed drummer, Taylor Hawkins.

The precocious Collier took to Grohl’s guitar with an impressive ease, navigating “Enter Sandman’s” riffs with a confidence that belied his years. Grohl, channeling the essence of Metallica’s own James Hetfield, provided the vocals, while Hawkins delivered the thunderous drum lines—a performance you can witness for yourself here:

During the concert, Grohl, ever the encourager, prompted the aspiring musician to venture into other Metallica classics, which led Collier to perform the introductions of “Welcome Home Sanitarium” and “Wherever I May Roam.” This 2018 performance holds a special place in the hearts of Foo Fighters enthusiasts, made all the more poignant by the untimely passing of Hawkins in Colombia.

The video of Collier’s performance went viral, capturing the attention of millions, with a view count now exceeding 11 million. The Foo Fighters’ tradition of bringing young talent to the forefront was further showcased in a video featuring 11-year-old drummer Nandi Bushell playing “Everlong,” which has also amassed over 12 million views.

Dave Grohl, a man of many talents, from drumming for Nirvana to leading the Foo Fighters, has never been shy about his deep respect for Metallica. In conversations, like one with Far Out Magazine, he’s expressed a hopeful enthusiasm about possibly collaborating with them, reflecting on his true passion for drumming while embracing his role as a frontman and songwriter.

Choosing “Enter Sandman” for a stadium jam is a no-brainer; it stands as Metallica’s most triumphant single, boasting over 1.1 billion Spotify streams—making it the band’s first and only track to break the billion-stream threshold. This track spearheaded the sales of Metallica’s eponymous 1991 album, propelling it to 16x Platinum status in the United States. It’s the album that also features “Wherever I May Roam”—the fourth single that Collier, too, played in his viral video performance.

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