Three Kids Play Flawless Metallica Medley, Get Thumbs Up from Band

A video of three youngsters playing a medley of Metallica songs at a Kansas City, Missouri, mall on Sunday, September 11, went viral on Wednesday. By the end of the day, Metallica had shared the video on the group’s Facebook page, giving the video an even bigger boost. As of this morning, it has more than eight million views.

The 18-minute jam, shot by an attentive shopper named Catherine Ross, took place at the Country Club Plaza shopping center. The kids performed spot-on covers of “Eye of the Beholder,” “Blackened,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “…And Justice for All.”

Ross posted the video to her Facebook page, never expecting it would generate so much interest, let alone get the attention of Metallica, who commented, “Nice work boys!!!” In response to requests for the group’s name, Ross contacted the mall’s management, which in turn reached out to the group’s parents. The parents have yet to reveal who the kids are, but we think it’s probably just a matter of hours before that happens.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.