Metallica: Covering Elton John’s ‘Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding’


Last Updated on 08:19 by Nikos Nakos

You can now watch below Metallica’s full performance of “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” from Gershwin Prize 2024. From the heart of DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Metallica burns the house down with a powerful rendition of Elton John’s “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” marking a historic moment at the 2024 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song concert honoring the legendary Elton John and Bernie Taupin. If you missed the event, it’s available to stream at and in the PBS App.

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” is a medley of two songs written by English musician Elton John and songwriter Bernie Taupin, and performed by John. It is the opening track of the 1973 double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

The first part, “Funeral for a Friend”, is an instrumental created by John while thinking of what kind of music he would like at his funeral. This first half segues into “Love Lies Bleeding”.


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