So what really happened to James Hetfield's microphone when Metallica performed with Lady Gaga at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 12)?
TMZ dug into the issue and discovered that although the rehearsal of "Moth Into Flame" went off fine and a check of all the connections just before the performance looked fine, a stagehand accidentally unplugged the cord leading to Hetfield's mic shortly before the performance went live.
The snafu was fixed before the song's end, but a clearly irritated Hetfield kicked his mic stand and tossed his guitar to a crew member as he walked off stage.
Things went better during Metallica's post-show concert before 3,000 at the Hollywood Palladium, where drummer Lars Ulrich made a late-show joke that the microphones there, which were working, should have been sent to the Staples Center for the Grammy Ceremony.
...Meanwhile, actress Laverne Cox tweeted an apology to Metallica for only mentioning Lady Gaga and not the band by name when she introduced the Grammy performance. Cox wrote, "I am so sorry to #Metallica and all their fans. I am told I didn't say their names during the intro. Love you Metallica. You Rock. #Grammys"
I am so sorry to #Metallica and all their fans. I am told I didn't say their names during the intro. Love you Metallica. You Rock. #Grammys
...Metallica returns to the road March 1 in Mexico City and has just announced a 25-date North American tour that kicks off May 10 in Baltimore. General public tickets for the tour go on sale Friday (February 17).
Metallica was also featured in an ad for Apple's new "Carpool Karaoke" series, but no date has been announced yet for their performance.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.