Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Blows At Playing The Trombone

A new YouTube video shows Ulrich playing a trombone.

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It's a good thing Metallica's Lars Ulrich is such a great drummer, 'cause he'd never have made it as a trombone player. A new YouTube video shows Ulrich playing the instrument with the New Orleans-based brass ensemble the Soul Rebels, and laughing at his own feeble attempt.

Blabbermouth reports the video was shot in December of 2011 during rehearsals for Metallica's week of 30th anniversary concerts at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The Soul Rebels opened all of those gigs and joined Metallica onstage every night.

The video shows a clearly amused Ulrich struggling to get enough wind to play a single note on the unfamiliar instrument, but failing as he keeps breaking up laughing. When he finally does make a small sound emerge, the drummer exclaims, "I gotta go lay down now!" After a second, slightly better attempt Ulrich quips, "By Sunday... can you guys find me a spot in your setup there?"

The Soul Rebels also performed both nights at Metallica's Orion Music + More festival. The group released their debut album via Rounder Records in January.

Thanks to UltimateClassicRock for the report.

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    gateway01
    You don't say? Oh, and this story has no body, it's just a title.
    TysonLeaf
    [quote=GenerationKILL]I KNEW it was coming! More ORIGINAL thoughts from the 17 year old elitists of UG!!![/quote] Don't need to be an elitist to know when someone's just bad at their instrument.
    jordo246
    I love Lars, I don't care if he's a douche or not If I could have someone with his talent in a band I wouldn't pass up the chance
    Nethero
    Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Blows At Playing The Trombone
    What you did there. I see it.
    MrDo0m
    I love how this article is just begging for anti-Lars comments, but instead people are like, "You know what? Lars seems like a really cool guy!"
    Slayer35
    I know Lars isn't what he used to be, but instead of practicing drumming, he probably is using that time to spend time with family and watch his kids grow up, is that such a bad thing?
    link no1
    Its a good thing Metallicas Lars Ulrich is such a great drummer, cause hed never have made it as a trombone player.
    Too much wrong with this sentence.
    odinmisawa
    tonello wrote: Its funny cause I play trombone and guitar and bass and drums
    Same here. Where are our articles?
    RUSTDOGG666
    iommi600 wrote: RUSTDOGG666 wrote: No wonder the new Metallica album is taking so long. Too busy blowing horns instead of writing riffs. Guess you can say this article blows. lol. Maybe he's not writing riffs because he's the drummer...
    I said Metallica not just Lars specifically. Negative vote on your part along with all the retards that agreed with you.
    Slayer35
    link no1 "Too much wrong with this sentence." Ok, Lets see you drum, see how good you are at it.
    iljh
    Lot's of haters ^ I think it's cool that Lars/Metallica supports this completely non metal band and attempted to expose them to a large crowd at their festival. And here he's just hanging with them. Why all the hate? I would kill for Lars to do that for me and my band. I almost died when I ran into him at Orion by accident. He is so cool to all the fans.
    GenerationKILL
    iommi600 wrote: He also blows at playing the drums nowadays...
    I KNEW it was coming! More ORIGINAL thoughts from the 17 year old elitists of UG!!!
    JBTheLefty
    He probably can play trombone better than me, it's been forever since i've played. Guess I should play it tomorrow and get my own article.
    dennis.1960
    Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Blows
    I only saw the first line of the title and couldn't wait to read the article
    RUSTDOGG666
    ][v][ETAL wrote: RUSTDOGG666 wrote: iommi600 wrote: RUSTDOGG666 wrote: No wonder the new Metallica album is taking so long. Too busy blowing horns instead of writing riffs. Guess you can say this article blows. lol. Maybe he's not writing riffs because he's the drummer... I said Metallica not just Lars specifically. Negative vote on your part along with all the retards that agreed with you. Well, even if you did mean Metallica, you were obviously talking about Lars since he is the only in the video playing the trombone... Hence the other dude replied with his obvious comment... And maybe you havnt realized, James has about 700 riffs or so written already
    Didn't I just say "not just Lars specifically?" Learn to read.
    red_hot_chili18
    tonello wrote: Its funny cause I play trombone and guitar and bass and drums
    lolololololol u r 2 kl mayun
    BwareDWare94
    And he doesn't look like Jason Statham, but I see a touch of George Carlin. You know, without the whole genius and incredibly funny part.
    Unworldly Shred
    I'm suprised he cant play the trombone because Napster said he can play the skin flute real well..... just kidding I love Metallica.
    BwareDWare94
    The first clause of the first sentence ruined the whole article for me. He is not a great drummer. He does nothing exciting that grabs your attention at all, but it's not like Jason Bitter, who's extremely talented if you actually listen to what he's doing. Lars just doesn't play anything all that fun to listen to.
    ][v][ETAL
    RUSTDOGG666 wrote: iommi600 wrote: RUSTDOGG666 wrote: No wonder the new Metallica album is taking so long. Too busy blowing horns instead of writing riffs. Guess you can say this article blows. lol. Maybe he's not writing riffs because he's the drummer... I said Metallica not just Lars specifically. Negative vote on your part along with all the retards that agreed with you.
    Well, even if you did mean Metallica, you were obviously talking about Lars since he is the only in the video playing the trombone... Hence the other dude replied with his obvious comment... And maybe you havnt realized, James has about 700 riffs or so written already
    Metalreaper13
    I do like Metallica, and can admit Lars is not a Fantastic drummer, definitely nothing that great. But I also don't think he's absolutely terrible, his early Metallica stuff was better. He's not a bad guy, but I think people overlook the fact, he had the money and connections, that's the main reason he was in Metallica. We all know he's not great, but he's managed the band, got connections, and had more money than the other members, they couldn't afford to pass him up
    Metalreaper13
    Lightning_Ray wrote: I find it interesting that sometimes Lars acts like a douche and a greedy person, and in moments like this one, he seems to be the funniest, most relaxed guy in Metallica. Serioulsy, have you watched the "Meet & Greet"'s? There's always awkward moments between the fans and the band members, except with... Lars.
    I agree, alot of people down size him thinking his opinion doesn't matter because he's not a great drummer. And also because theyre mad he tells the unfortunate truth (sometimes) and about napster. But he's a pretty down to earth guy who would be fun to hangout with, him and Alice cooper
    TheNumber6
    didnt notice this the first time but the picture of lars in this article is priceless
    Hardcoregamer16
    wow its like UG wants trolling with stories and titles like this. metallica f**king rules and lars is indeed a great drummer.
    cfhdomination
    "Its a good thing Metallicas Lars Ulrich is such a great drummer." Funniest quote I've read all day.
    spiff-corgi
    Why not just post the link to your facebook profile like you usually do? Slow news day?
    iommi600
    RUSTDOGG666 wrote: No wonder the new Metallica album is taking so long. Too busy blowing horns instead of writing riffs. Guess you can say this article blows. lol.
    Maybe he's not writing riffs because he's the drummer...
    NoInnerKind
    *Insert witty retort that he blows at playing drums too* You guys are so original.
    Maiden95
    iommi600 wrote: He also blows at playing the drums nowadays...
    Ha. How did I know that comment would show up here?
    Soundservant
    Not terrible for someone who has never played one. I doubt the person who wrote the article could even produce a note.
    mercury23
    iommi600 wrote: He also blows at playing the drums nowadays...
    this is true