Who else had their mouths wide open as Laverne Cox “forgot” to mention metal legends Metallica, and then James Hetfield’s mic didn’t work? That whole performance looked haphazard and totally out of sync with the type of maniacal shows we have witnessed them putting out for decades now, show after show. Metal fans around the world were pissed. We wanted to know what exactly happened, and why Metallica is going so mainstream suddenly.
Drummer Lars Ulrich finally spoke about exactly what went on, and let’s say that Hetfield shared all our sentiments. Sitting with Grammys host James Corden on the Late Night Show with James Corden, he was candid about Metallica’s response to Metallica’s performance. Here’s what he had to say.
“Well, in the heat of the battle you’re out there, you’re playing when it’s a technical issue you don’t really know – is it going to the house, is his vocals going to the truck? Maybe it’s the monitors – so you just keep playing.”
When asked about what they felt like after the debacle, Lars was straightforward. We did see a little bit of Hetfield’s fury unleashed when he kicked his mic and threw his guitar, so what happened backstage? “I haven’t seen him like that in 20 years. I mean, he was livid. I mean, 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.”
“We fought through it, and you know, with the fire and Gaga in my lap for a minute at one point, it was just keep going, keep going, keep going. So we just fought through it, and a lot of people said it at least made for great television.”
At least Lars seems chill about the whole matter, and is taking it in his stride. After all, Metallica have had larger, more angsty crowds coming to hear them play in any part of the world they traverse. Who really cares about one mainstream music show that will soon be forgotten? “In 35 years we’ve had a few mishaps. [For one show] I spent 15 minutes playing two or three songs under the stage.”