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GRAMMYs Producer Apologizes To METALLICA For Sound Issues During Performance with LADY GAGA

Posted by on February 16, 2017 at 11:59 am Follow on Twitter | Follow on Instagram

By now, we're guessing you saw Metallica and Lady Gaga's performance at the GRAMMYs? The much-talked about performance featured some technical issues at the start of the song as frontman James Hetfield's mic was not properly functioning. Hetfield made the most of the situation, by walking over to Lady Gaga and sharing the mic with her in what was a very cool rock and roll moment.

But, it was clear by the end of the song, that James was really pissed at what went down:

Lars Ulrich appeared on The Late Late Show and confirmed what we all saw, James Hetfield was pissed:

We get off stage, we get back there, and I haven't seen [James] like that in twenty years. I mean, he was livid. He's aged really well and he's a pretty chill guy, but the first five or ten minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun. But, like they say, the show must go on, and we fought through it

Well, the GRAMMYs have taken note at the situation, and the public backlash and have issued a formal apology. Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich spoke to The Assosiated Press yesterday and said “These kinds of things are horrible when they happen. That’s one of the risks of live television,” later adding “Obviously, we apologize to the band.”

Interestingly, while TMZ reported that the mic issues were due to a stage hand accidentally unplugging James' mic moments before their performance, Ehrlich has a different hypothesis: “My guys say that the mic cable was connected. My guys’ theory was that … one of the extras (on stage) accidentally kicked out the cable that went to the mic.”

Whatever the issues were, it hasn't stopped Lars Ulrich from saying he hopes to collaborate with Lady Gaga again and the feeling is mutual. You can see the entire video of the performance here.

Will we ever learn who disabled the mic chord? One Metal Injection junkie seemed to have find an exclusive photo of the problem:

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  • joseph glessner

    I've been to hundreds of shows in my life. Maybe a handful have had sound issues. Yet every year these award shows have issues. Unbelievable.

    • James Cumfilled

      Lars reminds me of Rosie these days. He should be on the view

    • Rockstar

      The mic was never plugged out. Certain countries said they heard James audio. I think it was being censored for some strange ass reason.

  • LGRW

    Lol at the Dave Mustain pic.

  • Larzzz

    What if, the mic was off on purpose due to the lyrical content:

    Blacked out "pop queen" amphetamine
    The screams crashed into silence
    Tapped out doused in the gasoline
    The high times going timeless

    "Decadence" death of the innocence
    The pathway starts to spiral
    Infamy all for "publicity"
    Destruction going "viral"

    j/k But, the song does seem to contradict why one performs at the Grammys

    • Johns Q Sack

      But lady gaga sang the second verse sooo….

  • Know me as the Soulcollector

    As to the cord getting kicked out, I think I saw the same thing happen once on America's Got Talent. The act was just a guy playing piano. Why they think musical acts need all those background dancers is beyond me.

  • Holeybartender

    Now if only Metallica would apologize for collaborating with Lady Gaga…

    • Gowithaflo

      THAT seems reasonable.

    • Aaron Klassen

      And why would they need to apologize? They wanted to do it, and aside from the audio issues it was a pretty good show.

      • Holeybartender

        Why? 'Cus real metal artists hate pop music.

        • Oivind

          First, I'm sure that's not true for all metal artists. Second, there was nothing pop about this performance (well, maybe the fake dancers, but there was nothing pop about Lady Gaga's vocals).

      • Oivind

        I agree, and hope they collaborate again.