Rihanna‘s live guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has shot down a long-standing rumour that the singer wanted to make a heavy metal album.
Back in 2009, The Daily Star reported as an exclusive that “closet rock chick” Rihanna was “desperate to go all heavy metal”, but her record label “had a seizure” over her hopes for a change in musical direction.
They quoted Bettencourt saying: “When I spoke to Rihanna she was totally into transforming herself into a heavy rock chick. She was listening to Led Zeppelin and new acts like Paramore and said that was the direction she wanted to go, so I said yes.”
However, in a new interview with Classic Rock, Bettencourt denied that he’d made any of the comments in the 2009 article.
“That’s complete lies,” he said “that’s fabricated. It’s so incorrect. I promise you on the life of my children that those words never came out of my mouth. It’s a good story, which is why it got written I guess, but it’s absolutely not true.” [via LouderSound]
“What happened was that they got in touch with me because they said they wanted a guitar player, and wanted to rock out the show, and they had seen some of my stuff online. I said, Why would you want me, there’s no guitar on a lot of the songs? And I was told, that they just wanted me to be me, and do it on ‘Umbrella’ and everything, with heavy chords and riffs. I was like, ‘Wow, that sounds fucking exciting for a guy like me who loves all genres of music. That’s probably how that story started.’ But she didn’t want to do a heavy metal record.”
Her performance was introduced by Wakanda Forever star Danai Gurira, who used the moment to pay tribute to late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.
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