After an interesting night at the Grammy’s this past Sunday night, Metallica sure had their hands full with singer James Hetfield experiencing issues with his microphone, forcing him to share with Lady Gaga’s mic. As they say, the show must go on, and go on it did, as Lady Gaga held her own on one of Metallica’s latest hits “Moth Into Flame.” Lady Gaga saved the show in a way, resurrecting a rather awkward moment that could have gone from bad, to worse.
Lady Gaga has always been known to be a very big fan of heavy metal, and citing Metallica as being a major influence, and one of her favorite bands. As a result, it made this collaboration with Metallica a no-brainer. Guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke on Lady Gaga, stating, “You know how the Grammy’s always like to have their duets thing. And so when it was suggested that Lady Gaga do it, we thought, ‘That’s interesting.’ But when she came down to actually work with us with the song last night, it turned out really, really, really well. I mean, she was really open and willing to work with different arrangements and see what worked well over the course of the song. And it was great. She was really, really great to work with last night.”
“She’s got a lot of edge and attitude, which is important for what we do. And she actually came to see us play… We did a small show at the Henry Fonda theater [in Los Angeles], and she saw the whole show, stayed for it. She really enjoyed it, she was rocking out, and then somehow, magically, this all started to happen,” said bassist Robert Trujillo.
It seems the band really likes her, as she is certainly a very highly regarded, deeply devoted, and incredibly talented singer that one would not expect would be such a big fan of heavy metal. With her being such a fan, talent, and a show stopper, as she was able to put on in her performance with the band, could we see Lady Gaga play with Metallica in future shows? That seems to be the big question since the band had just announced their upcoming tour yesterday (February 13th), in which it would not be surprised to see the Mother Monster on stage with the band.
Drummer Lars Ulrich spoke on this matter with Access Hollywood at the Grammy’s stating, “When we were done with our rehearsal yesterday, my manager came up and said, ‘This may be the heaviest song that’s ever been played at the Grammy’s ever’ — even heavier than the last four of five times Metallica were there. So we’re pretty psyched that we get… [Grammy Awards producer] Ken [Ehrlich] gives us carte blanche to go heavier and heavier each time. And now we’ve got a new lead singer — well, a new co-lead singer, is a better way of saying it — so we were talking earlier about maybe making her a permanent member of Metallica and being a five-piece from now on, so we’ll see.”
Coming off a big performance at this years Super Bowl, Lady Gaga is no slouch to the big stage, and this year, Metallica is set to headline some of the biggest stages in the country. Whether or not we’ll see Lady Gaga on those stages will be another story. It could certainly be a case in which she may make a cameo appearance at a few dates on the schedule, but whether she will become a “permanent” member as Lars is alluding to, only time will tell.
JT “Doc” Berry \m/