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”.