Metallica probably have already had enough of the Grammy’s show host, James Corden, although he was not the culprit for the alleged mic failure during their performance with Lady Gaga. Drummer Lars Ulrich went on Corden’s talk show, The Late Show with James Corden to talk about what it was like at the Grammy’s backstage area after the performance.
Metallica did what they could to perform on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards with Lady Gaga, to the untrained ear they managed to pull it off. As they push through mic problems during their performance, they weren’t exactly thrilled with the situation either, especially frontman James Hetfield who was visibly disturbed both on and even more-so off stage and apparently not much fun to be around afterward.
Lars Ulrich described the scene to host James Corden during a post-Grammys visit to The Late Late Show, saying it took him back to the band’s early days and not in a good way. “I haven’t seen him like that in 20 years,” said Ulrich. “He was livid. I mean, 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.”
Explaining that “you just gotta keep playing” when things go wrong onstage, Ulrich added that ultimately, he looks back on the performance positively. “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,” he pointed out. “So we just fought through it, and a lot of people said it at least made for great television.”
“We already started fast-forwarding to the next chapter when we can do more of this,” he enthused. “Of any of these undertakings, this is about as organic and authentic as there’s ever been one. We’re just getting started.”
A video recently surfaced online via Romanian Metallica Fanpage, RoLoad, showing that the microphone worked perfectly fine…for the online broadcast.