There are songs, and then there are songs you need right now. The new collaboration between Richard Marx and Matt Heafy is definitely the latter. The pop icon of the 80s & 90s and the guitarist for Trivium have teamed up for a new metal version of Marx’s 1989 hit “Right Here Waiting”.
You might not think of 80s and 90s singer songwriter Richard Marx of when you think of modern metal but takes on the task with aplomb, as if he’d always been doing it. According to Blabbermouth, the collaboration came about when Heafy saw a picture of Marx’s son wearing a Trivium shirt and he reached out via social media.
The new metal version of Right Here Waiting For You was mixed and mastered by Maine native and ’98 NESCom at Husson University alum Josh Wilbur who has become a go-to audio engineer in the metal world, working with Trivium, Lamb of God, Megadeth, and more.
Marx was a fixture of radio and MTV in the 80s and 90s with hits like Don’t Mean Nothing, Satisfied, Hazard, Hold On To The Nights & Should’ve Known Better. He released his latest album, Limitless, in 2020 and will release his memoir Stories To Tell July 6th. Heafy can be heard on Trivium’s latest album What The Dead Men Say and the EP Dines X Heafy which he released with Jared Dines, both of which were released in 2020.
Check out the new metal version and the ’89 original