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Listen: Kamasi Washington Drops Alluring Cover Of Metallica's "My Friend of Misery"
Kamasi Washington has released his cover of "My Friend of Misery" from GRAMMY-winning rock outfit Metallica's iconic The Black Album. The gorgeous, dizzying track features vocalist Patrice Quinn and will appear on the upcoming Metallica covers album.
Last month, Washington premiered his take on the track to an audience at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. That show featured a surprise guest appearance from Metallica's own Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo. Washington is among the over 50 artists Metallica enlisted to cover their favorite cuts from The Black Album for the upcoming compilation project, The Metallica Blacklist.
Alongside the release of Washington's "My Friend of Misery," Metallica has shared an early version of the song taken from former bassist Jason Newsted's "riff tapes." The track is one of many demos, rarities, and live recordings that will appear on Metallica's upcoming 30th anniversary reissue of The Black Album. Both the reissue and The Metallica Blacklist are coming out on September 10 on the band's own Blackened Recordings.
The Metallica Blacklist's 53 tracks will feature Rina Sawayama, Phoebe Bridgers, Chris Stapleton, Weezer, J Balvin, Diet Cig, St. Vincent, and more. The project features bands who have shared stages with Metallica along with artists who are younger than the original release of The Black Album back in 1991.
All profits from The Metallica Blacklist will be split evenly between the group's All Within My Hands Foundation and over 50 charities chosen by the artists who play on the album. Pre-orders of The Metallica Blacklist will instantly gain access to Miley Cyrus' version of "Nothing Else Matters" featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith, and GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner—and Metallica superfan—Juanes' interpretation of "Enter Sandman."