Watch The Pope ‘Sing’ Megadeth’s “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”

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Plenty of trends have come and gone in the world of YouTube viral videos, but supercuts of public addresses which make famous people “sing” classic metal and rap songs has remained at least somewhat funny. Earlier this year, we had Joe Biden “singing” Metallica’s “King Nothing” to honor Trump’s election loss; now, there’s Pope Francis “singing” Megadeth‘s “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” seemingly to honor, well, how fuckin’ funny it is.

The video comes from YouTuber Lars von Retriever, whose previous “singing” supercuts have slowly become the stuff of viral video lore. The difference between this one, though, and some of Lars’ recent political mash-ups, is that Pope Frankie isn’t quite the vicious, ideology-spewing public figure as Donald Trump. It’s definitely hilarious and maybe a little intense to see the Pope saying lyrics about “spilling blood across the land,” but it doesn’t have the same impact as Donnie the Great Pumpkin yelling at the top of his lungs while making bow-drawing hand motions at crowds of frenzied MAGA cultists.

Check out the Pope’s big metal moment below:

If this isn’t enough raw Megadeth for you, you can catch the band on their as-of-yet-still-scheduled tour with Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames, with dates listed below:

07/09 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/10 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
07/11 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/13 Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
07/14 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
07/16 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07/17 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/17 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
07/20 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
07/21 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
07/23 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performance Arts Center
07/24 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/26 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
07/27 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
07/28 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/30 Laval, QC – Place Bell
07/31 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
08/03 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
08/03 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
08/06 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/07 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
08/08 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
08/10 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/11 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
08/12 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/14 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
08/18 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Selena Auditorium
08/20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/21 Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
08/22 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
08/25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/27 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
08/29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
08/31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
09/01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater
09/02 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/04 Portland, OR – Moda Center
09/05 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/07 Pocatello, ID – Portneuf Health Truth Amphitheatre
09/08 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09/10 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center


Words by Chris Krovatin