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James Hetfield: Technical Issue During Metallica + Lady Gaga Grammy Performance Was ‘A Blessing’

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Earlier this year, Metallica and Lady Gaga collaborated to perform “Moth Into Flame” at the Grammy awards. The effort was the biggest story of the night as James Hetfield‘s microphone was infamously switched off, forcing him to share one with Gaga as viewers watched the mishap play out live on television. The frontman is still fielding questions about this night and time seems to have simmered the tensions over the technical glitch.

Hetfield recently spoke with the New York Post as Metallica kicked off the North American leg of their ‘WorldWired’ tour this week. When asked if he felt the mic malfunction made the performance more exciting, he initially stated, “I felt embarrassed — I haven’t been that angry in a long time. When something out of my control goes wrong, I still get wound up. I’m sure it taps into other stuff from my past, but I felt helpless.”

In hindsight, the Metallica frontman conceded that it wasn’t all bad. “I agree, it ended up being a blessing because I ended up singing in a microphone with Lady Gaga — maybe even more than she wanted,” said Hetfield, adding, “It felt more like a real collaboration because of that.”

Shortly after the Grammy performance, drummer Lars Ulrich hit the late night television circuit. “I haven’t seen him like that in 20 years. He was livid. He’s aged really well and he’s a pretty chill guy, but the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun, but as they say, the show must go on and we fought through it,” the skinsman said while on The Late Show With James Corden.

Metallica will be playing stadiums across North America this summer with support coming from Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira on select dates and more information can be found at our 2017 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours.

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