Metallica‘s performance with Lady Gaga at this year’s Grammy Awards didn’t go precisely to plan, but the band have revealed that they’re “just getting started” when it comes to collaborating with the pop star.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says the “slight technical snafu” at the Grammys hasn’t stopped the band from seeing Gaga as the “quintessential perfect fifth member of this band”.
“Her voice, her attitude, her outlook on everything is so awesome,” Ulrich says. “[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.”
Metallica recently announced the North American leg of their WorldWired Tour, while Gaga is preparing for her Joanne world tour, but Ulrich is still optimistic that last week’s Grammys performance wasn’t a one-off.
“We already started fast-forwarding to the next chapter when we can do more of this,” he says.
“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.”
Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s microphone was reportedly unplugged for some of the band’s Grammys performance of ‘Moth Into Flame’, and a visibly annoyed Hetfield could be seen knocking down his mic stand and throwing his guitar at the end of the group’s performance with Gaga.
Prior to the performance, Gaga revealed that her Grammys collab with Metallica came about when she was “hanging out” with Ulrich at Bradley Cooper’s house, just casually.
Watch Metallica and Lady Gaga’s Grammys collaboration, below.
Metallica & Lady Gaga – ‘Moth Into Flame’ (Grammy Awards 2017)
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