Metallica performs “When Doves Cry.” Good or bad idea?

Metallica has made it something of a habit to cover a song of a local hero when they play certain cities. When their current tour moved into Minneapolis, they decided on a quick jam on Prince’s “When Doves Cry.”

The positive: The world has evolved. Back in 1984 when the song was first released, no self-respecting rock band would have even thought of touching a Prince song. The fact that Metallica is willing to do something like this speaks volumes about how biases and silos within music have broken down.

The negative: Maybe they should have rehearsed a little more…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Metallica performs “When Doves Cry.” Good or bad idea?

  • September 7, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Ugh. One of the most horrible things I have had to listen to in a long while.

  • September 9, 2018 at 7:46 am

    They did this with Take On Me as well. They are going for a jam feeling here and so far, from what I have seen, it’s not working. Robert is not a singer and should stick to backup.


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