Metallica And Korn Deliver Chilling Renditions Of Alice In Chains’ ‘Would?’

Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) honored Alice in Chains with the Founders Award on Tuesday night (Dec. 1).  The occasion was celebrated with a virtual ceremony, which featured numerous performances honoring the grunge legends.

Performers included Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Fishbone, The Smashing Pumpkins‘ Billy Corgan, Mastodon, Mark Lanegan, Tad Doyle, and Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic to name a few. But Metallica and Korn delivered some of the night’s best performances.

Metallica played a stripped-back rendition of “Would?” Playing remotely, James Hetfield and crew offer a mostly acoustic performance. Kirk Hammett shook things up with a rousing guitar solo.

Korn also covered “Would?” but opted for the full-on, heavy as hell approach. Keeping the spirit of the original, they amplify the song with crushing guitars and intense percussion paired with Jonathan Davis’ haunting vocals.

Another highlight say Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney and Foo Fighters‘ Taylor Hawkins teaming up to cover Alice in Chains classic “Man in the Box.” Taylor gives a rousing vocal performance while Hawkins is beast behind the drumkit and Navarro shows off his shredding skills.

Elsewhere, Lily Cornell Silver, the eldest daughter of the late Chris Cornell, made her debut public performance with a cover of “Black Gives Way to Blue.” And, of course, Alice in Chains performed opening the show with an unplugged version of “Your Decision” and closing the event with “No Excuses.”

The performances have been collected as part of an Amazon Originals compilation. If you’d like to donate to the Museum of Pop Culture, you can do so here.

The entire ceremony is currently available to watch on MoPOP’s YouTube page. Watch it below.

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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