Technical problems aside, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich thought his band’s collabo with Lady Gaga at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards was a home run. In fact, it was so much fun he hinted that the unlikely supergroup dubbed by some as Gagatallica might try to relive the magic down the line sometime. In a post-Grammys interview with Rolling Stone, Ulrich said Gaga is basically the “quintessential fifth member” of his band at this point.
“Her voice, her attitude, her outlook on everything is so awesome,” he told the magazine. “[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.”
Gaga, whose leather, fishnet and chains outfit had her channeling a bit of 1980s punk goddess Wendy O. Williams, pulled the pummeling performance of “Moth Into Flame” off with her typical fury, though Ulrich admitted that singer James Hetfield was annoyed by the set’s “slight technical” difficulties.
Reacting to reports that a stagehand accidentally unplugged Hetfield’s microphone just before the performance — leading to the singer knocking over his mic stand and tossing his guitar as the song ended — Ulrich said it’s “not really something you can do much about. You just learn to live with that side of it. It happened to Adele last year; I guess this year it was our turn.”
Both Metallica and Gaga recently announced tour dates that will keep them busy through the summer, but Ulrich said he hopes it’s not the last Gagatallica gig. “We already started fast-forwarding to the next chapter when we can do more of this,” he said. “It’s not one of those ’20 lawyers, strategists, and managers trying to force two people from two different worlds to figure out how to spend four minutes together on a national telecast.’ Of any of these undertakings, this is about as organic and authentic as there’s ever been one. We’re just getting started.”
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