Metallica’s performance at The Grammys was plagued by a sound problem with Jame’s Hetfield’s mic. Basically it wasn’t on.
Excuses have started coming out. From Ultimate-Guitar.com :
“TMZ reported that an inside source revealed the technical issues were result of a stagehand accidentally unplugging the wire”
“A Recording Academy spokesperson issued a slightly different statement, saying: “What we believe happened was that either a dancer or an extra clipped the line running on the floor and it unplugged at the base of the mic. It was, of course, accidental.””
But here’s the strange part. A web stream of the performance had the mic working fine. Here’s the video:
In my experience a unplugged mic won’t work on a web stream. Now this video could have dubbed audio from another performance. But all of this seems very, very strange. So we’ll see what happens with the Metallica Mic conspiracy.