METALLICA's Lars Ulrich Picks His Best Of My Life List
Lars Ulrich – Photo Credit: Brett Murray

METALLICA‘s famous drummer Lars Ulrich picks best of from his life. In this list his most-liked records, artists, concerts and reveals the album that makes him happy.

He is the founding member of the METALLICA and Ulrich continuing to playing drums for nearly 30 years now. Lars Ulrich also recently talked about the upcoming new METALLICA’s album and said, “I look at writing a Metallica record as like a puzzle. You have 200 pieces and you have to figure it out. You connect them. Here’s a riff, here’s a section, here’s a mood. Does he work with that guy over there?”

During an interview with Classic Rock, Lars Ulrich picks his best and favorite list for the life:

His first music the remembered:

“When I was growing up, my dad would play a lot of jazz music – Coltrane, Miles, Dexter Gordon, Ornette Coleman – and some rock: Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, The Doors. The music you would hear on Danish radio was basically what was coming out of England at the time, so in the early seventies a lot of glam stuff.”

The first song he performed live on the stage:

“It was a song called Hit The Lights, with a band called Metallica, in 1982 at Radio City in Anaheim, California. This is the only band I’ve ever been in, and the first song that James Hetfield. And I ever wrote together was Hit The Lights.”

The best record he made:

“Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is the one I have the fewest issues with, and the one that still sounds the most representative of my current headspace.”

The worst record he made:

“Lars Ulrich shocker – we haven’t made a bad record! But seriously, without passing out, I don’t look at any of them as mistakes. Kill ’Em All [1983]sounds like a very long time ago, a lot of youthful energy on that one. But I’m very at ease with the past.”

The best band he ever saw:

“Motörhead, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy. I don’t know if one is better than the other, but I was fortunate enough to see all of them very early.”

The singer:

“Bon Scott was the coolest singer ever – the vocal delivery, the tongue-in-cheek double entendres, and the magnetic personality. Those early AC/DC records – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, Powerage, Highway To Hell – are just fucking timeless.”

The guitar hero:

“Ritchie Blackmore. The first concert I ever went to was Deep Purple. I was nine years old, and I still can close my eyes and see him taking the black-and-white Stratocaster and playing it with his foot or grinding it against the PA speakers. That left an impression on me. I think he was the best guitar player of that generation and for me the epitome of the guitar hero.”

The songwriter:

“Noel Gallagher. The hardest thing in the world – trust me, we know this first-hand – is to write a simple song. And the shorter and simpler, the harder it is.

Those great Oasis songs – Wonderwall, Live Forever, Supersonic – if you hear Noel do them by himself, just guitar and voice, it’s pretty incredible what those songs break down to when you’re that naked and that vulnerable.”

His favorite album of all time:

“I’ll give you five in random order: Made In Japan, Lightning To The Nations, No Sleep ’Til Hammersmith, Definitely Maybe Oasis, and the first Rage Against The Machine album.

Those are the timeless ones for me. I gravitate between them depending on what mood I’m in. I would say in the last year or so Rage Against The Machine speak more to me than any other band.”

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