Metallica can't do anything normally anymore. The band put out a concert film that was also a sci-fi doom story -- whose soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy. It played a goddamn headphone concert in Antarctica. And now, Metallica is playing at the Grammy Awards ceremony for the first time in 23 years -- but apparently not as the Metallica we know.
Can you imagine a classical piano on this stage?
Metallica is performing at the Grammys with Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang. And not to pooh-pooh the thing at all, but we just cannot figure out how "Metallica" -- which means pummeling, titanic riffs -- and "classical pianist" -- which means dynamic agility and tonal subtlety -- will go together. And we aren't alone. Over at the NYT, Allan Kozinn said the performance "promises to be either an inspired pairing or a train wreck in the making."