In 2016, late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon and his house band, The Roots, teamed up with heavy metal legends Metallica to perform a unique version of the band’s hit song “Enter Sandman” on The Tonight Show.
The performance featured Fallon, Metallica, and The Roots playing the song on classroom instruments, including toy xylophones, kazoo, maracas, and a mini drum set. The band also used a children’s toy called the kazookeylele, which is a combination of a kazoo and a ukulele.
The result was a fun, lighthearted take on the classic metal song that showcased the versatility of Metallica’s music and the creativity of the performers. Despite the unusual instrumentation, the performance stayed true to the spirit of the original song, with James Hetfield’s powerful vocals and Kirk Hammett’s blistering guitar solo driving the performance forward.
The video of the performance quickly went viral, with fans of both Metallica and Jimmy Fallon praising the unique take on the classic song. The performance demonstrated the power of music to bring people together and break down barriers between different genres and styles.