Watch Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo Cover A-Ha's "Take On Me" in Norway

Throughout the European leg of the band's WorldWired tour, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo have taken to covering a song—during each show's instrumental break—by a local artist. During their show Wednesday night at Oslo, Norway's Telenor Arena, the two chose to pay tribute to a somewhat unlikely Norwegian act, Eighties synth-pop mainstays A-ha.

Now, unless you've managed to spend your entire life in a cave, you've heard A-ha's ubiquitous 1985 hit, "Take On Me," once, twice, or (more likely) a few thousand times. Chances are decent though, that you've never heard it like this.

You can watch the duo's surprisingly faithful cover—which Trujillo introduces by telling the packed crowd "Remember, this is fun, it's a party!"—above.

For more on Metallica and their ongoing WorldWired tour, be sure to follow the band's always-active YouTube channel, MetallicaTV.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.