Abridged version of a post (see my FB for full version) that's making the rounds and once again showing my unintentional talent to cause arguments. On that note, Happy #ValentinesDay! ❤️ (Disclaimer: not my pic, saved from web) "My thoughts on #MetalliGaga (for those asking): Great idea in theory. Would have/should have gone down in history as a home run for the ages. Unfortunately to be forever overshadowed by mic problems (can't fault anyone performing) and failed intro (please make sure all presenters do a quick run thru before going on. I did when introducing DillingerEP at Golden Gods. Haven't we learned from from John "Adele Dazeem" Travolta??). I think you have to look at the following:
A) What other mainstream pop superstar would even dare get up there with Metallica (or any other metal band)? B) Who else could pull off performing with Tony Bennett one moment and Metallica the next, with equal love and appreciation for both?
C) Sure, it was maybe a bit over-the-top for those more interested in Metallica than her. But then again, she is Gaga, after all (over-the-top is her middle name, or at least should be). D) Yes, she does lot of theatrics but she's also someone that can kill with just her voice and a piano (which I hope she'll do more of one day). E) Given her and Lars' interest in art and doing the unexpected in music, it absolutely makes sense they'd collaborate.
Bottom line, did she sound good on the tune if you turn away from the imagery and just listen? Heck yes! Great song choice, too. The only thing I'd change (other than the mishaps, which were accidental) Why was there a freakin' Zumba class going on up there? Whose idea was that? Get real fans up there rocking out for effect (as Metallica does at some shows), but a bunch of obvious pop dancers/models in metal-like wardrobe gave it a very "hot topic" vibe. Otherwise, it's all 👍 from here and I truly hope they'll give it some tweaks, maybe add a tune or two and try again!"