Metallica has made some changes to the deluxe edition of its upcoming album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct.
Rather than what was called "riff origins," the bonus disc material will now include covers of Deep Purple's "When A Blind Man Cries," Iron Maiden's "Remember Tomorrow" and the "Ronnie Rising Medley" that Metallica originally put together for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album This Is Your Life.
The deluxe set will also include the group's Record Store Day performance at Rasputin's in Berekely, Calif., in April and some material from its August show in Minneapolis.
In a statement on its web site, Metallica tells fans that, "As we were in the 11th hour of wrapping it up, it dawned on us that we have never shared with you in any sort of cohesive 'official' manner the extensive covers we have worked on since 'Death Magnetic.' While digging into the bonus options to complement the 12-song album with additional material, we realized that none of our versions of these songs from some of our very favorite and most respected artists have been readily available on our very own Blackened Recordings."
All versions of Hardwired... are due out November 18.
Metallica performs September 24 at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City and begins a five-date South American tour on October 26 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. North American dates are expected in early 2017.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.