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ICYMI: Metallica Release Dress Rehearsal Footage of GRAMMY Performance

Metallica is letting the world see what its GRAMMY Awards performance with Lady Gaga could have been.

The group has posted footage online of the dress rehearsal of "Moth Into Flame," titled "How It SHOULD Have Sounded," with James Hetfield's microphone working from the get-go and a small cadre of people at Los Angeles' Staples Center there to help rehearse Gaga's stage dive. The microphone snafu occurred when an extra kicked it out of its connection, according to Grammy producer Ken Erlich, who apologized after the February 12 broadcast.

Metallica's Hardwired...To Self-Destruct was named Best Rock Album at Sunday's (March 5) iHeartRaio Music Awards while the group was playing in Mexico City, with Iggy Pop joining the band for an encore rendition of the Stooges' "No Fun."

Metallica is now off until a three-date Lollapalooza run in South America starting March 25 in Brazil, while its North American tour begins May 10 in Baltimore.


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.