AceShowbiz - %cLars Ulrich% opened up about his band %cMetallica%'s collaboration with %cLady GaGa% during the 2017 Grammy Awards. Ulrich had nothing but praise for the "Judas" hitmaker during an interview with "L.A. Daily" on SiriusXM on Tuesday, February 14. The drummer of Metallica brought his admiration of GaGa to the next level as he even said that GaGa could be the band's fifth member.
"[We thought] let's not make this 'GaGa and Metallica' or 'you and us,' but let's make it all of us, the five of us together," Ulrich said, before adding, "[GaGa was] the fifth member of the band. It's not two different worlds, it's all of us together."
Ulrich also shared the backstory of how GaGa could be selected as their collaborator, citing her "creative spirit" as the main reason. "She's sort of a metal chick at heart and has a reputation for growing up in that Jersey/New York metal scene and has a reputation of being super easy and cool, and I just threw [the idea of collaborating] at her," he recalled.
The drummer continued, "We talked internally about having a female collaborator to sing one of the songs for the new album... it came together super organic and really quick... she's very autonomous and independent and she makes her own decisions. She is the coolest, sweetest, most easygoing person you'll ever meet."
The addition of GaGa appeared to be a perfect idea since she delivered an incredible performance. Their collaboration even mesmerized Ulrich as he said, "It was totally energetic and crazy. It was just energy and excitement and nuttiness, so her being right in my face just added to the whole exhilarating energy that was happening for those few minutes."
During the interview, Ulrich also addressed the technical difficulty that was faced by his band. Lead singer %cJames Hetfield% needed to share mic with GaGa since his mic was completely off. But Ulrich said sharing mic was a good decision than doing over the performance like %cAdele%.
"If it's musical or creative.. no disrespect to [Adele]... if it's something that's more of a screw-up, it's like, OK, I can start it over, I screwed up. But when it's technical, you don't know if it's just in our ear up onstage... A couple of people were like, 'Why didn't you stop the song?' We didn't know there was a problem... you have no choice but to carry on. The ensuing chaos and energy and complete over-the-top excitement... it was absolutely awesome," Ulrich explained.