Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Talks Grammys, Lady Gaga

2017-02-14

Story by Charles Ken

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says the Grammy technical issues are ‘not really something you can do much about’

When Metallica took the stage with Lady Gage during the 2017 Grammy Awards, there were some glitches—notably, James Hetfield’s microphone wasn’t working properly for most of the performance. But, that didn’t bother Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. In fact, Ulrich says mishaps like the mic not working is a normal part of being involved with an event like the Grammys. “There was a slight technical snafu, but that’s not really something you can do much about,” Ulrich said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “You just learn to live with that side of it. It happened to Adele last year; I guess this year it was our turn.”

Ulrich went on to say very nice things about Lady Gaga’s performance with Metallica, even calling her the “quintessential perfect fifth member” of Metallica. “Her voice, her attitude, her outlook on everything is so awesome,” he said. “(The performance) was so effortless and organic and she just has the spirit of hard rock and metal flowing through her veins. It comes really easy for her. There’s nothing contrived; she just has this super warm, easy energy.”

In other news, Metallica recently announced a massive 2017 North American headlining tour. Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Gojira will provide support for most of the trek. That tour will kick off May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland, and keep Metallica on the road through an Aug. 16 stop in Edmonton, AB. The just-announced tour is in support of the band’s latest studio album, “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct,” which dropped late last year.


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