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Watch Mark Tremonti cover Metallica on a Hello Kitty guitar

Mark Tremonti is the latest musician to cover a classic metal song on a kid’s musical instrument.

The Tremonti frontman and bandmate Eric Friedman tackled Metallica’s 1986 track Welcome Home (Sanitarium) on a pair of Hello Kitty guitars for Loudwire. Watch the video below.

Tremonti isn't the first rock star to give a classic metal song the Hello Kitty treatment. Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has covered Black Sabbath’s N.I.B., and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy bashed out a medley of songs by Slayer, Rush and Kiss.

Tremonti release their new album, A Dying Machine, on June 8. Recorded with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, it’s a concept album themed around a story which takes place at the turn of the next century where humans and fabricated beings called ‘vessels’ are trying to co-exist. The guitarist is also working on a novel with author John Shirley based on the album.

The band recently released a video for new single Bringer Of War. They embark on a European tour from June 18, which includes dates with Iron Maiden on their Legacy Of The Beast tour. Find full details below.

Tremonti A Dying Machine 2018 UK and European tour dates

Jun 18: Munich Strom, Germany
Jun 19: Leipzig Taubshental, Germany
Jun 21: Copenhagen Copenhell, Denmark
Jun 22: Dessel Graspop, Belgium
Jun 23: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jun 26: Zwolle Hedon, Netherlands
Jun 28: Glasgow ABC, UK
Jun 29: London Shepherd’s Bush Empire, UK
Jun 30: Birmingham Institute, UK
Jul 02: Belfast Limelight, UK
Jul 03: Dublin Academy, Ireland
Jul 05: Portsmouth Pyramids, UK
Jul 07: Barcelona RockFest, Spain
Jul 09: Milan Ippodromo San Siro, Italy (w/Iron Maiden)
Jul 10: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland (w/Iron Maiden)
Jul 13: Lisbon Altice Arena, Portugal (w/Iron Maiden)
Jul 14: Viveiro Ressurection Fest, Spain
Jul 17: Trieste Plazza Dell’Unita d’Italia, Italy (w/Iron Maiden)
Jul 20: Athens Rockwave Festival, Greece
Jul 22: Plovdiv Hills Of Rock, Bulgaria
Jul 24: Zagreb Arena, Croatia (w/Iron Maiden)
Jul 25: Tolmin Metaldays, Slovenia
Jul 27: Krakow Tauron Arena, Poland (w/Iron Maiden)
Jul 28: Krakow Tauron Arena, Poland (w/Iron Maiden)
Jul 29: Warsaw Hybrydy, Poland
Jul 31: Berlin Lido, Germany
Aug 01: Cologne Luxor, Germany
Aug 02: Wacken Open Air, Germany

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.