Watch Metallica play Enter Sandman on kids' instruments

Metallica's Enter Sandman has been a staple of the band's live sets since 1991, but yesterday, the metal legends took a slightly different tack as they joined The Roots and Jimmy Fallon to perform the classic track on kids' classroom instruments.

The Tonight Show performance saw James Hetfield in particularly fine vocal form, but also proved he was a dab hand at the toy clarinet, while Kirk Hammett unplugged the wah to lay down some melodica leads. The full instrument list is below:

  • James Hetfield - Vocals, Toy clarinet
  • Jimmy Fallon - Vocals, Bass Drum, Casio Keyboard, Kazoo
  • Lars Ulrich - Fisher Price Drum, Toy Cymbals
  • Kirk Hammett - Melodica
  • Robert Trujillo - Baby Electric Axe
  • Questlove - Hand Clappers, Kazoo
  • Kamal Gray - Xylophone
  • James Poyser - Melodica
  • Captain Kirk - Ukulele
  • Tuba Gooding Jr. - Kazoo, Banana Shaker, Apple Shaker
  • Mark Kelley - Kazoo
  • Frank Knuckles - Bongos
  • Black Thought - Tambourine, Brown Hat

Ahead of the release of Metallica's new album, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct, tomorrow, Kirk Hammett has also announced the KHDK Dark Blood distortion pedal, which he used "all over" the record.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.