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Guys, we love Metallica’s “One” and we love it in any way we can get it. Whether it’s a casual fan singing along at the top of their lungs while waiting in traffic, a well rehearsed cover on YouTube or Metallica themselves showing us how it’s really done, we’re always excited to hear the new and exciting ways people are able to reimagine it.
In the case of master guitarist and Guitar World contributor Mike Dawes, “One” is a Metallica classic that’s had its hold on him for quite some time, prompting him to spend countless hours learning it from the inside out and stepping up to the very real challenge of tackling the song solo for a one man rendition that’s amassed more than 5 million views on Facebook since it debuted only two days ago.
“Anyone who knows the original can identify with the challenge of performing this track solo. It’s my mum’s favourite, and she doesn’t even like Metallica, or acoustic-shred guitar!” Dawes tells Guitar World.
The first single from his upcoming album ERA, Mike’s take on “One” is nothing short of a good time as he navigates the song’s rhythm, lead and bass sections on his own, crafting some serious magic while armed with only an acoustic guitar and some fancy fretboard work; if the intensity on his face is anything to go by, then Mike having just as good a time playing it as we – and the ever growing number of viewers across the internet – are watching it. Check it out in the video but beware – you’ll want to hit that ‘rewind’ button over and over again!