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Metallica’s James Hetfield ‘livid’ over Grammy mishap

Musicians James Hetfield of Metallica and Lady Gaga perform during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says lead singer James Hetfield was “livid” over the technical mishap that left him without a working microphone for the band’s Grammy duet with Lady Gaga.

Hetfield’s verses weren’t audible for the first half of the Sunday performance of “Moth Into Flame.” He eventually moved over to share Gaga’s microphone for the remainder of the song.

Ulrich told Grammy host James Corden on Corden’s “The Late Late Show” on Wednesday that Hetfield was furious about the snafu. He said Hetfield is normally a “chill guy,” but it “was not a lot of fun” in the dressing room after the set.


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Ulrich said the band “fought through it” and some people told him afterward that even with the mistake, the performance was “great television.”

Earlier on the live broadcast, Adele stopping singing “Fast Love,” during the show’s tribute to the late George Michael, apologizing for being off-pitch. She started over and delivered a perfect and scorching rendition of the song.

Associated Press; Contributing: Sun-Times staff reporter Miriam Di Nunzio