Lars Ulrich biography
In addition to being one of the founding members of Metallica and one of the main lyricists, Lars is also the band's spokesperson. Lars was born on December 26, 1963 in Gentofte (Denmark), his father - Gentofte - was a famous tennis player, it was expected that Lars would follow in his father's footsteps - he played tennis a lot. In 1973, his father took Lars to his first rock concert, it was a Deep Purple performance in Copenhagen, and this concert opened Lars' eyes to hard rock and heavy metal. After Lars decided that a tennis career was not for him, he switched to music (namely, the new wave of British Heavy Metal direction: Iron Maiden, Saxon, Diamond Head, Motorhead, Def Leppard and others), and decided to take on drums. His family moved to California in the early 80s, and there Lars began to look for other musicians who thought like him and wanted to form a band. One of the first responses he received was from guitarist James Hetfield, and he agreed to form a band that would be a reaction to the glam metal that was flooding Los Angeles at the time. From that moment, a band called Metallica was officially born.
Several members came and went before joining the band, and bassist Cliff Burton and lead (rhythm) guitarist Dave Mustaine plus Ulrich and Hetfield (the latter was also on vocals) moved to San Francisco and created a good base for future shows there , recorded a demo tape - "No Life 'Til Leather". The band was offered a contract with the independent label Megaforce on the condition that they move to New York, they accepted, replacing Mustaine on Kirk Hammett. After three releases: 1983- Kill 'Em All, 1984- Ride the Lightning (this was Elektra's first major label release), and 1986's Master of Puppets, Metallica became one of the most promising heavy metal bands, but the tragic death Burton crushed the group. The remaining members of the band decided to take on new member Jason Newsted, and the results were 1988's And Justice for All and 1991, which cemented the band's title as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. The 90s became the years of sold-out stadiums and future hit albums (1996-Load, 1997-Reload). Newsted left the band in early 2001.
Between tours, Ulrich was seriously busy building his record label, a sort of gathering of an elite rock star. In the late 90s, Ulrich received a lot of letters criticizing fans because he publicly stated that he was against mp3 sharing portals, and specifically against the Napster portal, he tried to close the server or exclude the distribution of all the band's songs.
Lars Ulrich's Starclassic Maple Kit -Tama
L-R Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Jason Newsted.