Will Ferrel and Chad Smith Challenging Lars Ulrich to a Drum-Off: 'The Gauntlet Is Down'

"Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith," Will explains.

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Following an epic drum-off between the dueling doppelgangers Chad Smith and Will Ferrel, another showdown might be on the horizon, this time around involving the third musketeer.

And the third lookalike is none-other than Lars Ulrich from Metallica. During the duo's recent chat with Spin, they have exclusively unveiled their latest scheme.

Asked about future plans, Ferrel replied, "I mean, we did talk about another drum-off. With a third person that looks eerily similar to Chad and I. A third drummer out there."

"I think it's - did we talk about Lars?," Chad asked. "We talked about Lars, from Metallica," Will confirmed. "So, I don't know."

"Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith," the comedian further explained. "He can settle that score now, too."

"There it is. The gauntlet is down," Chad chipped in.

So the initial drum battle was the event of a season of its own, but a three-way brawl would really be something else. Until some fresh info arrives, check out the original showdown in the clip below.

113 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Bluesbraker
    At least Will Ferrel won't finish last if this were to happen!
    Pretelethal
    I wonder if Lars will also try and fail miming to a drum track on the night.
    xm0xyx
    He wasn't playing to a drum track, ?uestlove from the Roots was actually playing the drums off camera. That's why Will spent the entire time looking over at him
    mfkr
    Lmao you bunch of d!ckheads all jumping on the bandwagon of hating Lars. But what have you ever done in life? hahahahaha
    qrEE
    I single-handedly ended World War II, I developed the cure for Polio and stepped on a guitar and invented Rock and Roll... or did nothing and Lars is just a terrible drummer.
    entropicxdisson
    go listen to Dyers Eve, ****head
    thestarsinafix
    Yeah but pulling it off live? I've seen too many videos of Lars messing up his own drum parts that he's been playing for years. How can one defend that?
    ][v][ETAL
    Poor Lars. Co-writes epic albums that will go down in history for helping shape metal, is only credited with poor drumming. The hate-Lars bandwagon is real!
    Chronologo
    Yeah you keep bringing his pasts glories, AJFA might be the only album where he excelled at drumming. A good drummer could still pull it off.
    a7xrocker201
    So then he is a good drummer? I don't get your statement lol.
    Chronologo
    There are 2 types of musicians, those who are gifted and those who need to work really hard to achieve good technique. Lars is the later, sadly he doesn't work that "hard" anymore, those who aren't gifted get rusty if they don't work constantly. Hence being a good drummer is either being gifted by nature or being a constant worker so you don't get rusty.
    liam.kirk.129
    I honestly cannot tell the difference between a 'good' drummer and a 'bad' drummer they're either in time or they aren't.
    connordeluca
    hey man you seem to be getting hate, just thought I'd let you know I thought your comment was pretty funny
    spikewolf123
    Dave Grohl and that dude from nirvana could have a good drum battle
    sklaiss24
    Never fully understood all the hate on Lars. I mean yeah he isn't the best drummer, but who give a crap. He's done better for himself than 90% of drummers who are out there, and he seems like a pretty laid back and cool dude.
    entropicxdisson
    cause it's cool now to hate Lars and this website is a bunch of ****ing sheep if you haven't noticed.
    Abacus11
    Yeah, because if a musician disagrees on a particular musician's abilities on a site for musician's then it must mean that they're "sheep". So... if everyone agreed that Lars was a great musician because he is rich and famous that would mean that we're NOT "sheep"? I don't think that expression means what you think it means...
    Drithien
    Judging by your "critique" of Lars' drumming ability, which is pretty much without any substance, just random "trying to sound cool insults, I don't think you know what the word "musician" means. But then again, you seem to have made your camp in the comments section, of an article about a musician you don't like. So, whatever comes out of your keyboard, oh internet warrior you, doesn't do much to anyone that has passed the age where puberty makes you do weird things. As for Lars' ability as a drummer: he is one of the most influential drummers in heavy metal, something that you would know if you bothered to do some research, he was considered among the best in the genre when Metallica were at their high-point, he is one half of the music-making duo of one of the most influential bands in metal and the most popular one. He is the drummer in ...And Justice for All; that on its won diminishes all your "edgy" hate to nothingness. And as for recognition from his peers: he is mentioned as a major influence and a favourite drummer among such people as Mike Portnoy and Mario Duplantier. But oh no, some random keyboard warrior's opinion is so much more important than that of those scrubs that he has to make it known to everyone that reads the article by commenting all over the place. Please, be the mature person that you think that you are and just leave. Nobody needs your brand of childish hate and condescension; especially in an article about something, in a good way, funny.
    poopdog18
    Hi. Drummer here. When I first started playing drums, I learned Metallica songs. It wasn't until later on that I realized how much more challenging it was going to get. I'm not saying he's a bad guy, or a bad drummer necessarily, but if a 12 year old beginner on drums can easily decipher his patterns, it says a bit about his playing style at the very least. He is an influential drummer, sure, he was in ****ing Metallica. Every single member of that band is influential. It's hard not to be. But lars is way at the bottom of the list when it comes to technical ability and time.
    sklaiss24
    I put Lars in the same category as Ringo Starr. They may not have been the best drummer, but they fit the band they were in, and they don't really have too much of an ego. They are content to just play drums in a really good band, and have fun doing it. The most important component of a band is their ability to play well together, not any technical skill, and Lars compliments Metallica perfectly. Therefore I think he's a great drummer.
    Abacus11
    Bark up the wrong tree much? You get a sparkly star sticker for effort but attempting to break someone's personality down based on "I don't think that Lars Ulrich is a good drummer" is exactly the hypocrisy and "keyboard warrior" bullsh*t that you're accusing me of... for not liking the same drummer as you. I never claimed to be "edgy" and nothing I wrote comes close to "hate". You're literally rallying against someone that you imagine is me saying things that I didn't say. Make puberty jokes, insult my maturity (again, for disagreeing with you). Speaking of puberty - What do puberty and the ability to play any of Lars' drum parts have in common? They both happen around the same time. Get it? You can call me a "keyboard warrior" if it gets you all hot and bothered. That's cool. I don't why I'm even bothering to address this (bored on my lunch break I guess) but I never said that Ulrich wasn't influential. I'll never argue that his playing isn't adequate . It is. With that said, I can't unhear the countless metal drummers that have come since that make Lars' playing sound incredibly weak. Being in a famous band doesn't necessarily make you a great musician. THIS IS A SITE FOR MUSICIANS! Want celebrity worship? Go ANYWHERE! I just think of this site as a place where musicians can share their opinions openly. Apparently that offends you. You still get your star ; In summation: Let us all strive for the day when we are "mature" (AKA agree with you) but until then we'll have to settle for having our own lousy thoughts and opinions.
    ironingman41
    I don't hate Lars, he's F**kin awesome. But i do very much enjoy to rip on his drumming, and the fact he is probably quite good at tennis.
    Abacus11
    Me too! I love the guy... very cool to his fans, genuinely loves metal music, played on some of my favorite metal albums of all time. Will I make fun of his drumming? Yes. Do I dislike the guy? Heck no. I actually listened to St. Anger the other day for the first time in like, 10 years. Sure, the snare tone is infamous at this point but his actual playing on that album is better than most of Metallica's 90's stuff. Hetfield's riffs and songwriting are usually top-notch anyway. I don't mean to come off as an a**hole but I like talking music and I love a good debate.
    Darth Crow
    For a second I thought it was the 1st of April! Anyway, this could be funny! Maybe Lars would actually play something interesting
    JJ1990
    Just confirmed on Facebook, Lars is accepting the challenge! Awesome!!
    metallideth88
    Sick and tired or jokes about Lars drumming. If you don't like it, get out of the article. Simple as that. Instead of b*tching and moaning all the time. There, I said it Bring on the thumbs down. You all can't handle the truth when I say it
    Abacus11
    Nah, making fun of Lars' drumming is still funny. Can't handle it? Learn something about drumming, anything , and you'll think it's hilarious too.
    metallideth88
    Who are you to judge, neil peart??
    Abacus11
    Ha no, you may be shocked to learn this but am NOT, in fact, Neil Peart (or any other member of Rush for that matter). I DO, however, have the following qualifications required to make fun of Lars Ulrich's drumming: 1. Functioning ears 2. I've heard other drummers... ANY other drummers Lars is a barely functioning drummer who happens to be in a band that has made and still makes boatloads of money. Can he keep time? Usually. Does he sound OK on Metallica's classic albums? Sure; But listen to any decent metal drummer in any relevant metal band and Lars sounds like a 12 year old pounding a "My First Drumkit" toy. Even his contemporaries (Dave Lombardo, Charlie Benante, Megadeth's slew of drummers) were making Lars' playing stick out like a dull, sleepy, simple sore thumb by about 1990. I'm not saying he's a bad guy... he's just not a good drummer.
    Zaqq
    Still he is credited as a song writer for most of Metallica's songs. Maybe he contributes more to the composition, than to the drum line.
    Abacus11
    Totally. I love Metallica's earlier albums and Lars contributed a lot to those songs. He and Hetfield obviously have some songwriting chemistry. I'm just having fun making fun of his drumming... he seems like a pretty cool guy and was good enough to play on those albums. Nothing personal or anything.
    ironingman41
    Everyone takes it so serious, its hilarious to make funs of lars's drumming, especially from "load" onwards. its all about the random fills that serve no purpose to the song but to confuse the listener, me and my band always jam metallica and its part of the fun to see how "Larsy" i can play it. i.e creeping death intro.
    ron666
    Speaking of timing, I heard that Lars has to use a metronome just to keep time. I thought that the drummer is supposed to be the band's metronome.
    buddy1991
    No offense, but you pop up on articles about bands and bitch about them all the time. I've seen you comment on just about every single Foo Fighters article and say that they are "generic" and "bland." So.. maybe you should learn from your own comment.
    Abacus11
    No offense? Thanks Dude! None taken... I actually like the Foo Fighters. I guess some their stuff is a little bland in my opinion but for the most part their a solid rock band with a ton of great songs. That's a different subject though, so let me tie it in with the current topic by mentioning that Dave Grohl AND Taylor Hawkins are way better drummers than Lars, too! ;
    darkeightball
    Okey... waht is Lars doing that is so terrible ? I think he's managing to play both new and old stuff rather good. I've never seemed to get this "lars is a terrible drummer" thing thats been going on for years
    doobiedoobie
    Apparently he has accepted! 'It was a little lonely on the sidelines during the first drum-off, given the somewhat forced nature of the lookalike element between Chad Smith and Will Ferrell, when I'm TRULY the one carrying that dead-ringer gene around! As for any further drum-offs, I'm sure that with a bit of practice, I could give Chad a run for his money. But Will? That's a whole different story. He rules the "bad-ass drummer universe." I mean, you're talking about a guy who's so next level, actually, so beyond next level, that he may just be completely unreachable! That said, I'm definitely up for the challenge…Bring it on!!!' Source: http://www.spin.com/articles/lars-ulrich...
    link no1
    Not sure whether or not he's actually serious about this. If he is, it's sort of taking this already shallow joke way too far. Let the joke die, Farrel. It can't possibly be worth holding onto this long.
    Flying Afros
    Considering they raised a lot of money for the first one, I don't see the problem with doing it again...
    link no1
    In that sense I agree but I have to say, I can't imagine it being anywhere near as successful the second time around.
    caiozet
    What the hell, Lars is my favorite drummer, seriously.. why all the hate... are you all sheep or something?
    thestarsinafix
    Much like Ringo in the Beatles....Lars isn't even the best drummer in Metallica. James can do a swell job and we know how solid his rhythm is...It's like, whenever you see videos of Lars messing up, you can see James thinking "come on, I can play it better than that and I'm the guitar player"
    BiGBen2k3
    im sorry for all the lars haters out here but i would love see either chad smith or will ferrell play dispoable heroes, and justice for all or even fight fire with fire..... Lars one of the best ever PERIOD.
    deadlydragon218
    if you want to see amazing drummers don't look at rock music... simply put look at DCI for example the cavaliers, Carolina crown, Mike Mcintosh
    take a look at this two drummers just messing around
    cwkornfan
    So I read a comment above about Lars helping to co-write Metallica albums. Does he really give that much input on the riffs or guitar solos that are written that Metallica is known for? Furthermore, bandwagon claims aside... Lars may not be a 'terrible' drummer in the strictest sense buttttt he is an uncreative, money grubbing, douche, and is the only musician in the band that hasn't consistently grown over time like his peers.
    DeathCS-Fan
    I'm not even much of a metallica fan anymore, be t f**k sakes some of you give his drumming a hard time. Just don't listen to them. That, or post videos of yourself drumming, because apparently there are a bunch on here. Again, not really a fan, but it gets stale.
    thestarsinafix
    The first drum off was fun, but Will is now going to challenge super famous drummers he could actually beat. First and obvious choice: Lars.
    rootsofmy
    Lars vs. Danny Carey. Let's see a wall of "who's that tall noob, wow Lars is such a genius" comments.