Metallica pay tribute to Elton John and Bernie Taupin with cover of 'Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding'

John and Taupin were recipients of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Metallica joined a host of musical luminaries to pay tribute to the songwriting duo of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, who received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress on March 20.

While John and Taupin watched on, the metal legends performed a cover of their 1973 classic "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding," the opening track from John's signature album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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"Elton and Bernie have been collaborating for 56 years and counting, and together, they have penned some of our lifetime's most memorable and influential songs," Metallica wrote on their website last month. "We are thrilled to celebrate this honor with them, and we look forward to an incredible evening of unique performances from their remarkable collection of songs."

Check out a short clip of Metallica performing below.

Metallica and John have long been fans of one another, with John appearing on the band's 2021 tribute album, The Metallica Blacklist, teaming up with Miley Cyrus for a cover of "Nothing Else Matters" — a song John calls "one of the best songs ever written."

Joni Mitchell, Charlie Puth, Maren Morris, Annie Lennox, and Brandi Carlile also delivered covers of John-Taupin songs, with the freshly EGOT'd John closing out the show with renditions of “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” and “Your Song.”

The full concert will air on PBS April 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

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