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Metallica receives an apology from Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich

Posted by on February 16, 2017

The MetalliGa Grammy disastrous “Moth Into Flame” performance seems to have (sort of) come to a close. Longtime Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich spoke with the Associated Press on Wednesday (15) about the inevitable mishaps on Music’s Biggest Night, from James Hetfield’s microphone being unplugged to a photo of CeCe Winans being shown instead of Shirley Caesar. It seems the Grammys had issues surpassing what we noticed concerning metal, or enough for Ehrlich to properly apologize.

Ehrlich said the following:

“These kinds of things are horrible when they happen, that’s one of the risks of live television.”

Earlier this week, TMZ reported it was a stagehand who “accidentally” unplugged Hetfield’s microphone. Ehrlich claimed a different story, leaving us in the dark with what really went wrong.

Ehrlich stated how it was the moshers (over-exaggerated dancers):

“My guys say that the mic cable was connected, my guys’ theory was that … one of the extras (on stage) accidentally kicked out the cable that went to the mic.”

Regardless of HOW it happened, Ehrlich gave a proper apology stating, “Obviously, we apologize to the band.”

Secondly, he admitted what happened was “awful” and mentioned working with Metallica for years that the mishap personally upset him as he said, “you hurt.”

Unless a stagehand or extra steps up to confess, we won’t really know exactly who caused the technical issues. At least we heard what it would have sounded like with James’ microphone turned on. Let’s face it, Lars and crew handled it like professionals and admitted these issues were great for television.  

Ehrlich had a similar comment:

“When you do a three-and-a-half hour live show, it’s fraught with danger. It was an adventurous show in many ways.”

 

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