"In the heat of the battle you're out there, you're playing and when it's a technical issue you don't really know is it going to the house, is his vocals going to truck, maybe it's just the monitors, so you just gotta keep playing." - Lars Ulrich
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Lars Ulrich on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
The show must go on. That is essentially how Lars Ulrich portrayed the way Metallica managed sound issues at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 12) when lead vocalist James Hetfield's mouthpiece was coincidentally unplugged before their two part harmony with Lady Gaga on "Moth Into Flame."
"A little technical hiccup, yes," Ulrich said on The Late Late Show on Tuesday night (Feb. 14). "In the heat of the battle you're out there, you're playing [and] when it's a technical issue you don't really know is it going to the house, is his vocals going to truck, maybe it's just the monitors, so you just gotta keep playing. "
"We get off stage, we get back there and I haven't seen him like that in 20 years," he said of the obviously furious Hetfield. "I mean he was livid. He's aged really well and he's a pretty chill guy, but the first five or ten minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun. But as they say the show must go on."
Ulrich had a snicker with Late Show have James Corden amid his presentation prior in the scene, when the 2017 Grammy have gone to the drummer his backstage green room. Inconceivably, mic issues sprung up once more. Ulrich opened the entryway and put on a show to talk, yet his voice was unintelligible, so he immediately snatched a handheld mic. "Sorry man, the mic wasn't working,"he said with a smile as Corden midsection chuckled from his work area. "James, did you get a chance to say the word 'Metallica?'"he asked, after Corden made a point to specify the band's name a few circumstances in his discussion up to the bit.
"I did just say the word 'Metallica,' I read it on the Prompter, it was fine," Corden stated, clarifying the second joke, which alluded to the way that Metallica's name was forgotten when Laverne Cox presented their execution with Gaga on Grammy communicate. "All you gotta do is just read it off the TelePrompter, it doesn't get much simpler than that," Ulrich joked.
Ulrich later discussed how distinctive it is recording a Metallica album now that the men are all members from the "parent taxi service," juggling playdates and dealing with their new album, Hardiwred... To Self-Destruct.