Metallica and Lady Gaga’s performance of ‘Moth Into Flame’ at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night sadly hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Blighted by sound issues from the offset, James Hetfield’s mic was muted for the first minute or so – in fact, it was only when he went over to share Gaga’s microphone that millions of TV viewers could hear James’ idiosyncratic growls.
Now, a Metallica fan club in Romania called RoLoad has uploaded footage of the entire performance with what they claim features James’ vocals intact.
Asked on Facebook how they obtained the ‘working’ footage, RoLoad responded: “Web feed was fine. Only the TV broadcast had problems for some reason.”
Given that James kicked his microphone stand over and threw his guitar away in apparent disgust at the end of the song, RoLoad’s explanation seems highly unlikely.
In fact, it's more than likely an edit of a previous Metallica live performance of ‘Moth Into Flame’ merged with the Grammys footage. Either way, it’s a great insight into what it SHOULD have sounded like: