See Metallica Celebrate David Gilmour’s Birthday With Fun Pink Floyd Cover

Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo; photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
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As Metallica fans know well by now, the band’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bass player Robert Trujillo make a point of jamming out a loose, fun cover song or two at every one of the group’s shows, a little segment of each concert that has come to be known as “Rob & Kirk’s Doodle.” Last night (March 6th) happened to be Pink Floyd guitarist-vocalist David Gilmour’s birthday, which provided inspiration for the pair’s Doodle at the evening’s gig in Kansas City, Missouri. For their tribute, Hammett and Trujillo fittingly chose one of the British psychedelic rockers’ more up-tempo and hard-rocking cuts, “Run Like Hell,” which was written by Gilmour and Floyd bassist-vocalist Roger Waters, and appears, of course, on 1979’s all-time classic double album The Wall. The song has previously been covered by other heavy-metal notables, including in 2001 by nu-metal favorites Kittie, on their album Oracle, and last year by doomsayers Pallbearer, for the compilation The Wall [Redux] featuring an array of sludgy big names, from the Melvins to former Kyuss member Scott Reeder, tackling the record’s full track list.

As cool as it was, Hammett and Trujillo’s take on “Run Like Hell” wasn’t all that the twosome has in store for K.C. The duo also whipped out a site-specific cover, as has been their habit, cranking out a stripped-down version of Kansas’s ubiquitous classic-rock staple “Carry on My Wayward Son.” You can see footage of both covers below — official Metallica video of the Floyd rendition and a fan-shot clip of the Kansas take.