The Grammys have apologized to Metallica and Lady Gaga for the technical difficulties experienced during their performance of “Moth Into Flame.’ Along with the apology, a longtime Grammy producer theorized that one of the extras onstage kicked a cable, causing James Hetfield’s mic to go dead. Metallica’s mic issue is still a head scratcher. Everything went well during soundcheck, and a Romanian Metallica fan club reported their online feed sounded fine, with only the TV broadcast having the issue. Regardless, Hetfield was “livid” after the performance, kicking his mic stand and throwing his guitar once the song was over. Drummer Lars Ulrich later told James Corden it “was not a lot of fun” being in the dressing room with Hetfield following the mishap.
“These kinds of things are horrible when they happen,” Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich said in an interview with The Associated Press. “That’s one of the risks of live television. My guys say that the mic cable was connected. My guys’ theory was that … one of the extras (onstage) accidentally kicked out the cable that went to the mic. Obviously, we apologize to the band.”
Just for the record, the background faux-moshers was still a very stupid idea and looked incredibly lame.