Justin Bieber Covers Metallica's 'Fade to Black'

Young pop star delivers a performance of a metal classic.

Justin Bieber Covers Metallica's 'Fade to Black'
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Young pop sensation Justin Bieber recently presented an acoustic cover version of a classic Metallica track "Fade to Black."

Although it's not exactly a typical cover, the clip shows Bieber using his voice to recreate Kirk Hammet's lead melody part, accompanied by his musical director Dan Kanter on guitar.

Young Justin has already declared himself as a Metallica fan last year, singling out "One" and "Fade to Black" as some of his favorite songs. "Those are my jams," he told GQ magazine.

In a separate Q magazine interview, Bieber also shared his affection for hard rockers Guns N' Roses and the iconic Beatles while discussing online haters.

"I would say to my haters, I love you. Thank you for supporting me by hating me. When they write messages on my YouTube page, I get money for that. So they're just giving me money to hate on me," he explained, just to focus on musical favorites.

"I like Guns N' Roses and Metallica," JB added. "The Beatles. I like Metallica's 'Fade to Black' and 'One.' It's edgy and emotional with those instruments and electric guitars and stuff."

Check out Bieb's vocal delivery below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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    gasleak
    Thats not a cover, UG and their misleading titles...
    TJHague
    To be fair, most places are reporting it as a cover. I saw the video earlier because an promoted post on Google+ said he covered it. Most videos of it on Youtube claim it's a cover as well. You are definitely right in pointing out that it isn't a cover, but I think the blame goes deeper than UG.
    slipknot836
    I still dislike the fact he likes our music. It's not fair to take the music and make it 'ours', but in this case, it's perfectly reasonable.
    eloera1
    Wtf do you mean our music, music dosent belong to anybody
    obeyjulian619
    thats all well and dandy but that argument wont hold in court. the music legaly belongs to the artist.
    vikkyvik
    That's all well and dandy too, but in many cases, the music legally belongs to the record company.
    Sandon8
    That doesn't make sense! I don't care for his music but he can listen to whatever he wants, like everyone else. If you're saying that I can't appreciate a Metallica classic if I play pop then seriously grow up.
    Jackstratstroem
    Only a solo cover of the intro solo. IMHO Bieber nails it better then Hammet does. But thats not saying alot
    refizzled
    "The Beatles. I like Metallica's 'Fade to Black' and 'One.' It's edgy and emotional with those instruments and electric guitars and stuff." I've never heard a more pathetic way of describing music. He really has no idea what he's talking about does he. And I love how everyone's too upset to point out "Kirk Hammer".
    Maiden95
    That. And "I like Metallica's Fade to Black and One." Yeah you and every other 13 year old ho-hum Metallica "fan" since 1992.
    boshington
    Someone needs to punch him in his little shithead face
    shawnkenneth
    What the hell is going on between his left hand and his crotch? This more of a mockery than a cover.. And when was the last time someone described a song as "with those instruments, electric guitars and stuff"? It's these pop stars who are to blame for the current pathetic music scene..
    UncleBluck
    Somebody probably will someday when he stops sucker punching guys and the running and hiding behind his gorillas...kids a pu$$y....
    Desenova913
    Cover? More like mocking.
    jrboyette11
    Looks more like just ****in around than mocking. He seems to know the lead fairly well, I doubt he's mocking it.
    rebreh
    I think you are right. Air guitaring is rarely a pretty sight to behold. We all look bad doing it.
    link no1
    It's edgy and emotional with those instruments and electric guitars and stuff.
    Get the f**k out. That is all.
    BlackApparatus
    I kinda expected to see the kid rocking out to the song's outro solo, so yeah, misleading title, UG. On a side note, f*ck this.
    WantsLesPaul
    "I would say to my haters, I love you. Thank you for supporting me by hating me. When they write messages on my YouTube page, I get money for that. So they're just giving me money to hate on me," Good job, metalheads
    Scratcher17
    The mainstream scum gets views, hate comments, and is mentioned by their names on Youtube and Facebook. That needs to stop. I don't know who's quote it is, but metalheads, and fans of quality music in general, should take its' advice:"If you wish someone didn't exist, simply ignore him."I only wanted to warn those who watched this video. I didn't watch the video (and I didn't write this to be cool or anything like that, just giving a friendly advice).
    Gavio93
    All the Metallica fans just got majorly trolled by both Justin Bieber and Ultimate Guitar (misleading titles).