Some members of Metallica were definitely digging the dancing queen during the band’s Monday concert at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.
Bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett performed a cover of ABBA’s 1976 smash “Dancing Queen” during their “doodle” solo segment on the 38-date European leg of Metallica’s WorldWired Tour, where the two bandmates take time out from the set list to pay tribute to local legends in various cities.
The crowd began to whoop once it recognized the famous refrain. Trujillo handled the vocals, which were admittedly rugged, but hey, the song was meant for a singer with plenty of estrogen. Watch him and Hammett interpret the disco classic as a jangly six-string jam:
When Metallica played the arena on Saturday, Trujillo and Hammett paid homage to an act that’s closer to its wheelhouse — Europe — by playing the Swedish group’s 1986 hit “The Final Countdown,” which was briefly revitalized in 2015 when GEICO licensed it for a commercial. The twosome has also covered hits like Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” — a deliberate choice for their October Manchester Arena show in England in the wake of a bombing that year at an Ariana Grande concert — Peter Shilling’s “Major Tom (Coming Home)” in Stuttgart, Germany, in April, with Trujillo singing in the native tongue, and (whoa!) a-ha’s “Take On Me” in Oslo on May 2.
Metallica has been playing European dates for the WorldWired Tour since September 2017 and will wrap with a two-night stand in Helsinki on May 9 and 11. The tour will return to North America in September and run through March 2019.