Look, we're not saying Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is gay. He's married a few times over, and has had quite the caliber of women. But Lars is clearly so secure in his sexuality that he has no problem showing his affection for his other band mates, one of whom in particular he might be smitten over. Here are 9 examples of such cases: (more…)
A new Facebook fan page is out to prove one theory into law… you can put Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's face on basically anything. The page, Putting Lars Ulrich's Face On Things has over 3,000 likes so far, and a ton of submissions. Here are some of my favorites: (more…)
First off, yes, I am very proud of that headline. Secondly, a new video has surfaced courtesy of New Orleans brass ensemble, The Soul Rebels, showing the band jamming with Lars Ulrich before one of Metallica's 30th anniversary shows a few months ago. The Rebels were invited to perform, and before the show, they let Lars blow into some of their instruments. Watch as they teach a struggling Lars how to properly blow into a trombone and Lars makes auto-tune jokes. (more…)
While I absolutely loved seeing Metallica perform two nights in a row at Orion a few weeks ago (you can see our video report here), more than one person I know questioned Lars' drumming ability, specifically when it came to the double-bass parts in songs like "One." While Lars is the reason many drummers got into metal but those same drummers turn around and say the dude can't cut it anymore. You know what, though? Lars may agree with them. When asked in a recent DRUM magazine interview about his drumming nowadays, Lars joked (I think) that he's regressed. Here's the full quote: (more…)
I missed this last week because I was in Austin for SXSW, but my good buddy Axl at MetalSucks has uncovered a trailer for the new HBO Films movie, Hemingway & Gellhorn. We've known for quite a while that Lars was going to be in the movie, but now we can finally see him "act." I put act in quotes because he has one sentence of dialogue in this trailer, at about 0:45 seconds in. The movie itself looks like a pretty lame love story, which will make it hard to convince myself to watch just to see Lars's shitty acting.
We know Lars Ulrich is a troll in the vertical sense of the word, but also in the figurative U MAD?? sense too? In a recent circlejerk interview in RollingStone, all the players in this Lulu trainwreck were interviewed and Lars gave a choice quote to the magazine: (more…)
Late last night after getting back from the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium, I just had to lookup the interview Lars Ulrich did with Howard Stern the day before. Howard Stern is to talk radio what Jimi Hendrix is to guitar. The man has turned the interview into an art form. The way he asks the most awkward questions matter-of-factly, and gets real answers from people is a true talent. This Lars interview is the perfect example. It's actually a really in-depth hour long conversation that is worth listening to if you happen to be a fan of the band.
It starts with Lars bragging about how great a tennis player he was and then talking about how he was a self-taught drummer, and basically sucked so bad that he went and got lessons between Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning. He also tells some great stories about Dave Mustaine (aka the most popular kid in town) and his relationship with James Hetfield. At the tail end, Richard Christy even comes on to gush about how much he loves Lars. It's a 6 parter, so brace yourselves: (more…)
When he's not hanging out with dudes in bathroom stalls, or playing with Metallica, I guess Lars Ulrich fancies himself an actor. You may recall his (actually quite funny) cameo in Get Him To The Greek, where he played an exaggerated (perhaps understated) version of himself. But, now things are getting serious. Above you see a photo of Lars shooting a scene with A list actors Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen for the HBO film Hemingway. Ulrich plays Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens, who follows around Ernest Hemingway (Owen) and Martha Gellhorn (Kidman) as they start getting it on during the Spanish civil war. Um, no thank you!
I guess all those times hanging out in stalls watching his friends do coke has given Lars UIrich a new outlook on life. Or, maybe not. Either way he was interviewed recently for an Austrailian radio station by local metal act Contrive's drummer, Andrew Haug. Haug does a killer Lars impersonation and decided to do it for the man himself:
To his credit, Lars had a great sense of humor about the whole situation, even being self-aware enough to make light of the whole Napster situation. After all, he did admit to illegally downloading his own album recently, so it's no surprise he is over the situation by now.
by: Frank Godla
You read that right! In an effort to raise money for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, a not for profit that strives to create opportunities for children, someone dished out $35,000 during an auction which had listed the following description: (more…)
RollingStone still covers music? When they're not busy featuring that kid from Twilight on their cover, they actually do something cool like get a few artists to list their favorite songs and albums of the decade. The most surprising: Kirk Hammett lists ALL SHALL PERISH's Awaken The Dreamers as his 25th top album. He must really dig that album. Check out Ulrich's and Morello's picks after the jump… (more…)
In 2004, METALLICA were set to headline the UK's Download Festival, except for one problem; Lars got sick and couldn't play. So the band enlisted some very talented drummers (mainly Joey Jordinson from SLIPKNOT and Dave Lombardo of SLAAAYEERRR) to help fill in and the result was the best METALLICA sounded in years (videos after the jump.) This thought was not lost on Dave Lombardo who offered to help Lars sharpen up his skills in a recent interview:
Rhythm: Playing with METALLICA at Download in 2004 must have been quite an experience.
Lombardo: "Yeah. Show 'em how it's done! No disrespect to Lars, because Lars is great and he's a very nice guy, but he needs to spend a week at my house and we need to sit down and play. I could show him — 'No, Lars, like this!'… 'Let's chill, let's relax, have some coffee and let's play!' Hahahahaha!"
Lars, speaking for most of your fans, I want to implore you to take Dave up on his offer. Your drummer sucks and it totally holds the band back. To see some quality drumming, check out the Download 2004 footage after the jump… (more…)
Unless you spent the past quarter century living in Michael Jackson's closet, chances are you've heard and/or seen the spectacle that is Mr. King Diamond. However before Diamond ventured off into solo stardom it was his previous efforts in Mercyful Fate that would put this shock rocker on the legend map.
Founded in Copenhagen Denmark in 1980, Mercyful Fate began as a collective side project turned focus group for Shermann, Denner, and Diamond after helping each other out with demo work for former bands. Needless to say, the metal community at large is thankful for the meeting of these minds for if they hadn't, then many legendary bands such as Metallica may have never found the inspiration needed to shred.
Unfortunately the band did not make a music video for the first 2 classic LP's, but after a near 10 year hiatus (the result of arguments between Diamond and Shermann over creative differences) the band reformed in 1993 with their 3rd full length record "In The Shadows" featuring the single "Egypt." For anyone interested in checking out this LP, Lars Ulrich got to thank his heroes by drumming on the re-recorded track "Return of the Vampire"… this was of course pre-Load era, so it's not half bad. Would I steer you wrong?
We've picked at METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich a lot on this website (whether it's bonding with dudes in bathroom stalls, illegally downloading his own record or just sucking as a drummer) but for once we actually agree with the man. Shocking, right? In a recent interview with the LA Times, Lars was asked if METALLICA even needs a major label anymore, to which he said:
"Without offending any of the good people from the record company in the room, no. Let's cut to the chase. . . . The primary — not the only, but the primary — function of a record label is to act as a bank. When you're fortunate enough to be successful and so on, you don't need to rely on record companies as the banks. . . .
"We're doing a bunch of shows with Trent [Reznor, NINE INCH NAILS] this summer in Europe. I look forward to sitting down and talking to him about what's on his radar."
What else can be said? When the man is right, he's right. All a label does is lend you money to spend on shit. It's all about the band's hard work and dedication. But, before this turns into a Lars LoveFest, Blabbermouth has a video of the interview and if you watch him saying the quote it comes off way more ackward, and thus hilarious.
It seems when METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich isn't busy hanging out with other dudes in bathroom stalls he is checking the cool world of the interwebs and getting hip to the super rebellious "illegal downloading" craze. Blabbermouth reports:
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, who angered many fans by waging a high-profile battle with Napster in 2000 over illegal music downloading, admitted in a recent interview that he has also used the Internet to obtain a full album's worth of music without paying for it. "I sat there myself and downloaded [METALLICA's latest CD] 'Death Magnetic' [illegally] from the Internet just to try it," he told Eddie Trunk of VH1 Classic's hit series "That Metal Show". "I was like, 'Wow, this is how it works.' I figured if there is anybody that has a right to download 'Death Magnetic' for free, it's me. I sat there one night at my house with about six of my friends and a bottle of wine. And what was it called?! [Trying to think of the name of the file-sharing client he used to download the album] We found it — this was like two or three days after ['Death Magnetic'] leaked. I was like, 'You know what? I've gotta try this.' So we sat there, and thirty minutes later, I had 'Death Magnetic' in my computer. It was kind of bizarre."
Lars is such a common man. I can't tell you how many times I've sat around with 6 of my friends and a bottle of wine just thinking about downloading my own albums. But seriously, it took you 30 minutes to download this? I'm assuming your "friends" aren't up with the times as a simple Google blog search will result in your album being in your hands in 2 minutes or less. Either way, jerkface, do you realize how many publishers and record label suits you affected by downloading your album? Your buddies may lose their jobs now and then who will you go into bathroom stalls with? It all comes together!