Lars Ulrich: Metallica Aren't Elder Statesmen

Drummer says Metallica try to avoid acting like big shots backstage although they may be guilty of having done so in the past.

Lars Ulrich: Metallica Aren't Elder Statesmen
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Lars Ulrich says Metallica try to avoid acting like big shots backstage although they may be guilty of having done so in the past. The drummer insists he likes to avoid giving advice to younger bands, and reveals he still has his own star-struck moments when he meets heroes like Dave Grohl and Neil Young. Ulrich tells The Owl: "We always try to go and hang out. "We definitely had the days of hiding behind the big walls, and we may have been guilty doing some of that stuff in the 90s, but we really try to put ourselves out there. "It's more fun for us. It's great to meet other people and immerse yourself in some of that energy. "When I'm around Jack White or Dave Grohl or people like Neil Young, I'm like a fucking kid in the candy store myself. I went to see Muse and the Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys these are great experiences for me too." The thrash giants might be expected to be asked for hints and tips, but Ulrich says: "I give as little advice as possible, man. If somebody asks me I'll try to answer just their sincere questions. But we don't walk around like some sort of elder statesmen." Meanwhile, "Mission To Lars" film maker Kate Spicer has admitted she hoped Ulrich might turn out to be an "as-hole" because it could have made her movie more interesting. The drummer has shown active support for the documentary which tells the story of Spicer's learning-disabled brother Tom and his attempt to deal with his demons in order to finally meet his hero. Reporting on a showing of the movie in Mexico City, which Ulrich attended, she says: "I thanked Lars for showing Tom the respect that so often learning-disabled people are not afforded. "People asked him why he had done the film, and part of his answer was that perhaps because he's a parent he is much more compassionate. I found it strangely touching, though it was not an unusual thing to say. He had three wristbands on they were from a trampoline place he takes his kids. I said we had hoped, secretly, sometimes before we got to meet him, that Lars might turn out to be an a-shole, so that our film might have some Borat magic." Thanks to Classicrockmagazine for the report.

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    Maiden95
    Kriggs wrote: Dave Grohl as Lars's hero? Does that sound right?
    Yeah it sounds right. Dave Grohl is everyone's hero. No pun intended.
    arnolddrummer
    Imagine being at a black keys concert (or any concert for that matter)_ and seeing another bigger rockstar right beside you watching.
    demitriv
    Dave Grohl is a legend because not only is he a fantastic drummer, he also moved on after Nirvana and so much more, he's a great guitarist, singer and songwriter, he's collaborated with so many people and no one seems to have a bad word to say about him apart from Courtney Love who is a crazy bitch.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Can someone tell me why Dave Grohl is the rock messiah everyone makes him out to be? I mean yeah he seems like a nice guy, and I guess he's a pretty good musician, but he's not the reincarnation of Jesus oor anything. Am I missing something?
    iommi600
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: Can someone tell me why Dave Grohl is the rock messiah everyone makes him out to be? I mean yeah he seems like a nice guy, and I guess he's a pretty good musician, but he's not the reincarnation of Jesus oor anything. Am I missing something?
    Not even Dave himself can tell you why, if you watch the Foo's episode of "Storytellers". But well, he's a fantastic songwriter and drummer. Respect.
    ThrasherGuy
    "Meanwhile, Mission to Lars film maker Kate Spicer has admitted she hoped Ulrich might turn out to be an "ahole" because it could have made her movie more interesting." lol
    gnurph
    so he's influenced by Muse, the Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys? now we know why he and the rest of Metallica suck so bad now..
    Just because Lars (or anyone, for that matter) draws influence from somewhere, doesn't mean they'll sound like their influence. Dave Grohl cites the BeeGees as a primary influence, for crying out loud. Matt Heafy (Trivium frontman) once cited Kelly Clarkson as an influence. Any influence a person has still gets filtered through their own sensibilities.
    OceansBetweenUs
    Dave Grohl is an icon in his own right. He can literally do anything he wants in the music industry, he carries as much weight as the name 'Metallica' does.
    GenerationKILL
    Lars Ulrich is one of the most friendly and accomodating people I have ever met. I never got the hate-on for him and he was pleasant to be around. He has always maintained that he is a fan himself, of many of the same acts everyone else likes. This to me is the mark of true musician, regardless of how technical they are. A good musician is an intense music lover first and foremost.
    Vinjar
    Kriggs wrote: Dave Grohl as Lars's hero? Does that sound right?
    Don't forget that both of them are drummers and everyone loves Dave!
    mitchrosko
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: Can someone tell me why Dave Grohl is the rock messiah everyone makes him out to be? I mean yeah he seems like a nice guy, and I guess he's a pretty good musician, but he's not the reincarnation of Jesus oor anything. Am I missing something?
    Yes he is.
    TheExterminator
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: Can someone tell me why Dave Grohl is the rock messiah everyone makes him out to be? I mean yeah he seems like a nice guy, and I guess he's a pretty good musician, but he's not the reincarnation of Jesus oor anything. Am I missing something?
    I once watched a 20~ minute interview where Dave Grohl did nothing but talk about how good Voivod are. That alone makes him A+ in my books, even if I don't like the bands he's famous for.
    CaliforniaKid
    mitchrosko wrote: Agent 00Awesome wrote: Can someone tell me why Dave Grohl is the rock messiah everyone makes him out to be? I mean yeah he seems like a nice guy, and I guess he's a pretty good musician, but he's not the reincarnation of Jesus oor anything. Am I missing something? Yes he is.
    Actually, Dave beats Jesus... Dave is real.
    powachord
    pwnadgebunny wrote: so he's influenced by Muse, the Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys? now we know why he and the rest of Metallica suck so bad now..
    Where does the article sat he's influenced by them? It just says he went to see them.
    grimhood
    Metallica...awe and hail to em. I guess it's true they say..."Life is like red wine. It gets better when it is older". Keep rockin in the freeworld.
    todd6138
    I wanna know when Lars was a bad drummer? And Justice.. is widely considered as one of the most technically accomplished albums ever. I say again ever..
    djc707
    sideslick wrote: Maiden95 wrote: Kriggs wrote: Dave Grohl as Lars's hero? Does that sound right? Yeah it sounds right. Dave Grohl is everyone's hero. No pun intended. "Here goes your hero Watch me as I go Here goes your hero I'm extraordinary Kudos to me Keeping all the best I am your hero One that's on Here goes your hero Watch me as I go Here goes your hero I'm extraordinary Kudos to me Keeping all the best I am your hero One that's on"
    Thank you, that was the joke.
    Abacus11
    It's easy to make fun of Lars' drumming but he's always seemed like a really cool guy and a sincere fan of rock and metal music. He played on some amazing albums and has never claimed to be a technical wiz on the drums. I'm glad he's still doing well, good for him.
    Maiden95
    Agent 00Awesome wrote: Can someone tell me why Dave Grohl is the rock messiah everyone makes him out to be? I mean yeah he seems like a nice guy, and I guess he's a pretty good musician, but he's not the reincarnation of Jesus oor anything. Am I missing something?
    Really, Dave isn't the messiah, but he's just an all around awesome guy. I know it's been said a thousand times but it's true. And the bottom line is, he writes damn good songs that you can relate to. If I feel down I'll listen to Walk or Learn to Fly or Home. He's an easy guy to look up to.
    TJWhonley
    lars is a good drummer. dave is better but we would not have metallica if it weren't for lars. and then we wouldnt have the black album. therefore lars is better
    Wisthler
    so he's influenced by Muse, the Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys? now we know why he and the rest of Metallica suck so bad now..
    You know if cliff was alive, metallica would be different because of 2 reasons. 1)Cliff would have quit the band Or 2)Lars would have been kicked out as it was planned after Master's tour back in the 80's
    sideslick
    Maiden95 wrote: Kriggs wrote: Dave Grohl as Lars's hero? Does that sound right? Yeah it sounds right. Dave Grohl is everyone's hero. No pun intended.
    "Here goes your hero Watch me as I go Here goes your hero I'm extraordinary Kudos to me Keeping all the best I am your hero One that's on Here goes your hero Watch me as I go Here goes your hero I'm extraordinary Kudos to me Keeping all the best I am your hero One that's on"
    pwnadgebunny
    so he's influenced by Muse, the Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys? now we know why he and the rest of Metallica suck so bad now..
    Abacus11
    kyniu123 wrote: Their soo old that they met ancient aliens ;o
    Please tell me that English isn't your first language. Nah, it still wouldn't be funny.
    Shiggityleveler
    everyones shit stinks and lars knows his does too. He is a pretty grounded guy and even admits to being a bit of a cocky bastard back in the day. And i think it would be hard not to get cocky when you almost take over the world with your music.
    andreschr
    Maiden95 wrote: Kriggs wrote: Dave Grohl as Lars's hero? Does that sound right? Yeah it sounds right. Dave Grohl is everyone's hero. No pun intended.
    There goes my hero.. watch him as he goes..!
    hansklaus
    I wanna know when Lars was a bad drummer? And Justice.. is widely considered as one of the most technically accomplished albums ever. I say again ever..
    You know that Lars said that there is no song on the record which he managed to play in one take.He played part for part to record his drum lines.
    this_1
    I read from the all the experts on youtube that this fool was an *****...weird huh
    irishboy17
    pwnadgebunny wrote: so he's influenced by Muse, the Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys? now we know why he and the rest of Metallica suck so bad now..
    I've never heard of The Arctic Monkeys but both The Black Keys and Muse are great bands, and have certainly put out better albums in the past decade than Metallica have, in my opinion.