Metallica frontman James Hetfield mentions that the technical issues METALLICA faced during its performance with Lady Gaga at this yr’s Grammy Awards “ended up being a blessing” as a result of it made the duet seem “more like a real collaboration.”
The band‘s appearance with Gaga at the 59th annual event in Los Angeles on February 12 turned into one thing of a disaster when the Grammy sound crew didn’t turn James Hetfield‘s mic on, forcing him to share the mic with Lady Gaga after the first verse and chorus.Download Our App
As an additional humiliation, presenter Laverne Cox didn’t even introduce the band by name. At the end of the track, a visibly angry James Hetfield hurled his guitar at a road crew member whereas kicking over his mic stand.
Asked by the New York Post if he thinks the microphone malfunction made the Grammy Awards performance even more exciting, James Hetfield mentioned: “I felt embarrassed. I have never been that angry in a very long time. When one thing out of my control goes wrong, I nonetheless get wound up. I am sure it taps into other stuff from my past, however I felt helpless. I agree, it ended up being a blessing as a result of I ended up singing in a microphone with Lady Gaga — maybe even more than she wanted. It felt more like a real collaboration because of that.”
Frontman James spoke the Chilean newspaper La Tercera that he wasn’t interested in collaborating with Lady Gaga again or one other pop artist in some capacity. However, he mentioned, “Even just talking with her, being round her, her energy was very, very exciting. She has a lot of ideas, and she likes to push the boundaries like we do. So it was a good fit.”
Shortly after this yr’s Grammy’s, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that Lady Gaga was the “quintessential perfect fifth member of this band,” saying, “Her voice, her attitude, her outlook on everything is so awesome. [The performance] was so easy and organic and she just has the spirit of hard rock and metal flowing through her veins. It comes very easy for her. There’s nothing contrived; she just has this tremendous warm, easy energy.”
The band was up for a Grammy this yr for “Best Rock Song” for the song “Hardwired” from its new album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, however lost to the late David Bowie‘s “Blackstar”.
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich says it would be “cool” to listen to former AC/DC drummer play within the band.
During an interview with Baltimore’s 98 Rock, Ulrich was asked to choose his own theoretical replacement within the thrash giants – and he reports that Rudd could be his no.1 choice.
Ulrich says (via Metal Sucks): “If I could decide it, if I could hear someone drum behind James Hetfield’s riffs, I’d take Phil Rudd.
“Just having his kind of vibe. He has been probably my main source of inspiration when we did the turnaway from the super-progressive stuff, the crazy stuff after … And Justice For All, when we got into the Black Album and the Load stuff – when it got a little more about the bounce and the riffs and the feel and the groove and all that.
“Phil Rudd, he’s the top of that pyramid. Listening to Phil Rudd play behind James, that’d be pretty cool.”
Rudd was dismissed from AC/DC in 2015 after being charged with threatening to kill and drugs possession, and wound up serving eight months of home detention in New Zealand.
He is currently on tour across Europe is support of his 2016 solo album Head Job.
In the meantime, Metallica, have just begun the North American leg of their WorldWired tour which continues tonight in Philadelphia.
When Iggy Pop opened for METALLICA at three Mexico City shows last month, the singer sat down with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich for an in-depth chat that covered working with their mutual friend, Lou Reed, as well as playing on the same bill together, the record label they used to share (Elektra) and the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, among other topics.
The full interview is available at Metallica.com. A few video clips of the chat can be seen below.
Asked by the Brazilian radio station 89FM A Rádio Rock at last month’s Lollapalooza Brasil festival if he thinks the United States Of America will change now that Donald Trump is in the White House, the METALLICA guitarist said (see video below): “Well, you know, it’s gonna be a very interesting four years. But everyone has to remember — it’s just gonna be four years. It’s highly unlikely that it’s gonna be eight. I’m not a prophet, but that’s what I think. But, you know, I think we’re gonna be in for a pretty interesting ride, and we’ll see what happens at the end.”
Both Hammett and METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich have voiced their dislike of Trump to different degrees, unusual for a band whose members have never spoken out much on politics.
After Trump — one of the most polarizing figures to assume the office — was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, a number of celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts, including Hammett, who urged fans to “defend democracy” and “reject American carnage.”
In a series of tweets, the METALLICA guitarist was critical of Trump’s inaugural address, which painted a bleak picture of life for some in the United States. “To say America is not great, that it lacks greatness, sets up a scenario for manipulation and control from others —pay attention, people!” Hammett wrote.
Ulrich told Mexico’s Las Estrellas television network about Trump’s plan to build “a great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border: “I don’t think the world needs any walls. I think we need to bring people together. METALLICA travels all over the world, and through music we try to bring people together. So whether we’re in Mexico or whether we’re in Asia or whether we’re in Europe or whatever, we encourage as many different people from as many different backgrounds to come together and share music and life and culture and all these experiences.”
Asked if he thinks the United States under Donald Trump is a “new America,” METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told Claudio Vergara of the Chilean newspaper La Tercera: “It’s always a new America when someone comes in. But it’s about balance. You have far left, far right, and it goes back and forth to keep it balanced. In the middle is the best, we know that. In the middle… accepting everything, understanding everything. But it’s not like that. People aren’t like that. Humans aren’t like that.”
In the days leading up to the November 18, 2016 release of METALLICA‘s latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, the band posted videos for every song from the disc, beginning with “Dream No More” and dropping new visuals every two hours through 6 a.m. EST the day before the album’s arrival. The clips were shot all around the world and served as the sneak peek for fans to get a listen to every track days before the group’s two-disc tenth studio album officially went on sale.
Asked in a brand new interview with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 if he was happy with how the “Hardwired” videos came out, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett said (hear audio below): “Oh, yeah. Some of the videos that we made, I think, are some of the best videos we’ve ever made. The video for ‘Dream No More’, I think, is just totally amazing and reminds me of a Kenneth Anger film that was filmed in maybe the ’50s or ’60s. From an artistic point of view, I think it’s really cool. And also, it really gives us an knee up on all the situations where a band puts out a new album and someone hears a track, a new track, and decides, ‘Oh, I’m gonna make a YouTube video around this track,’ and then, all of a sudden that becomes the predominant YouTube video for that song. That happens; that’s a pretty common thing that happens in the YouTube world, and we were aware of that. And so we wanted to take matters into our own hands and make sure that the video that we made for the song was the predominant video that everyone saw for that song, rather than someone else’s vision of the song itself.”
Hammett was also asked if there are any older METALLICA songs that the band never made videos for that he thought would lend themselves well to strong visual interpretations. He responded: “It’s interesting that you say that, because it’s so much more inexpensive now, it’s so much cheaper now, to make videos. It’s crazy how much cheaper it is. Okay, I’ll go back to 1988. The ‘One’ video cost us a lot of money — six figures — and we were just blown away by the cost. You couldn’t figure it out, why it would cost so much. Okay, so you jump to 2016, 2017, a typical video that we made for ‘Hardwired’ nowadays cost between fifteen to twenty grand. It’s totally amazing how much cheaper it is. And a lot of that is because of digital technology, things are smaller, things are more lightweight, more stealth. You can even use your iPhone to make a video if you really wanted to. Which leads me to the fact that since videos are so inexpensive these days, it would be interesting for us if we just retroactively decided to make a video for a track that we never made a video for — say, ‘Carpe Diem Baby’ off ‘Reload’. It’s a possibility these days, because it’s so cheap to make videos. I don’t know if we would actually find the inspiration to do something like that, but who knows? Maybe people will start doing retroactive videos.”
“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). The platinum certification reflects a million equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams.
The recent gain in “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” sales is owed mostly to a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band’s stadium tour that went on sale on February 17. Redemptions of albums included with the purchase of a concert ticket register as a sale in the week the customer redeems/receives the album.
Kirk Hammett has once again defended “Lulu”, Metallica’s controversial collaborative disc with Lou Reed, calling it “probably the most essential albums” he has ever been part of.
“Lulu” polarized followers around the globe and earned METALLICA among the most scathing reviews of its career. The effort featured the late THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman’s spoken-word poetry and lyrics combined with the band’s musical assault for a jarring expertise that did not sound like anything METALLICA had ever attempted before.
More than 5 years since its release, “Lulu” has only sold round 35,000 copies in the US, in line with Nielsen SoundScan.
Talking to Chile’s HumoNegro.com, Kirk stated about “Lulu” (see video under): “I think it’s one of the best things we’ve ever done. I mean, you can kind of call it a METALLICA album, but it’s not really a METALLICA album. I think that’s part of the reason why it’s so misunderstood. People were thinking it was gonna be an album of heavy metal songs with Lou Reed, but no — it was a collaboration. It was our two musical entities coming together to build something fresh and new and unique. And the fact that it turned out so unique was, I think, a huge success. And I love it. I still listen to it. I miss Lou; it’s a shame that he’s not with us anymore. But in retrospect, that’s one of the most important albums, I think, I’ve been a part of in my life. So that’s how I feel about it.”
The collaboration between METALLICA and Reed was sparked by their performance collectively of Reed’s “Sweet Jane” and “White Light/White Heat” at the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009.
The tracks have been all written by Reed with extensive arrangement contributions by METALLICA.
Only two tracks on the album are below 5 minutes in length, while two are more than 11 minutes long and the closing cut, “Junior Dad”, clocks in at 19 minutes.
Reed died in October 2013 at the age of 71, 5 months after he had a life-saving liver transplant, according to his wife, Laurie Anderson.
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