Lars Ulrich
Musician and drummer
Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer, and one of the founding members of the American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an upper-middle class family. A tennis player in his youth, Ulrich moved to Los Angeles, California at age sixteen to pursue his training; though rather than playing tennis, he became a drummer. After publishing an advertisement in a local Los Angeles newspaper called The Recycler, Ulrich met James Hetfield and formed Metallica.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 4 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Metallica's Lars Ulrich And James Hetfield Are In It For The Long Haul
NPR - 4 months
Twelve years ago, a documentary showed Metallica close to imploding. Today, the band releases its 10th studio album — and its two main songwriters say they've learned a lesson in empathy.
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12 Baby Names Straight From The Mayflower
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Most of the 102 passengers who traveled on the Mayflower in 1620 had names like John, William, Mary and Elizabeth, but there were some more unique names on the passenger list as well. Here are some of the most interesting ones -- for possible baby name inspiration. Bartholomew Bartholomew Allerton arrived on the Mayflower at the age of 7 or 8 with his parents, Isaac and Mary, and a brother named Remember; he later returned to England. New Testament name Bartholomew -- one of the 12 apostles -- has been rarely used in modern times but could get some attention as one of the newly trending long names. Constance Constance Hopkins was a teenager when she arrived on the Mayflower with her family. A virtue name, Constance was a popular choice from the 1930s to '50s -- number 82 in 1942 -- but nickname Connie has stood in the way of a revival.  Damaris Damaris Hopkins came on the Mayflower as a toddler with her parents, Stephen and Elizabeth. Another rarely used New Testame ...
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12 Baby Names Straight From The Mayflower
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Most of the 102 passengers who traveled on the Mayflower in 1620 had names like John, William, Mary and Elizabeth, but there were some more unique names on the passenger list as well. Here are some of the most interesting ones -- for possible baby name inspiration. Bartholomew Bartholomew Allerton arrived on the Mayflower at the age of 7 or 8 with his parents, Isaac and Mary, and a brother named Remember; he later returned to England. New Testament name Bartholomew -- one of the 12 apostles -- has been rarely used in modern times but could get some attention as one of the newly trending long names. Constance Constance Hopkins was a teenager when she arrived on the Mayflower with her family. A virtue name, Constance was a popular choice from the 1930s to '50s -- number 82 in 1942 -- but nickname Connie has stood in the way of a revival.  Damaris Damaris Hopkins came on the Mayflower as a toddler with her parents, Stephen and Elizabeth. Another rarely used New Testame ...
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Lars Ulrich on Metallica's Next Album: 'We're One Day Closer'
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
Now that Metallica have released Through the Never their feature film where they send a roadie on a surrealistic trip to retrieve a bag they really really want they're willing to answer one of the movie's burning questions Just what the hell was in that bag? "The next Metallica album bro" guitarist Kirk...
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Oakland airport travel down, passengers up at SFO
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
A lot of it has to do with changing airline industry practices that have concentrated business at major hubs like SFO. According to BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost, planners "are confident it will pay for itself, and look no further than SFO." Oakland's troubles started in August 2007 when Virgin Airlines jumped into the domestic airline market at SFO. Oakland officials tell us they they're seeing hopeful signs that business is finally picking up at the airport, and predict it will reach capacity within a decade. For fellow rocker Lars Ulrich, Metallica's drummer, the big issue was illegal music downloads. Young and Ulrich were two of the more famous donors who dined on a steak luncheon prepared by Michael Mina at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the home of Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff. Front and center: human resources head Micki Callahan, Public Utilities Commission chief Harlan Kelly, his wife, City Administrator Naomi Kelly, and Public Health Department b ...
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Metallica 'Dances' With New Material For 10th Album: 'We've Got A lot Of The Basic Stuff Waded Through'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says they've had a few "dances" with new material and have been grading parts to potentially be used for songs for their tenth album. He calls their writing process "peculiar." The legendary metal band, which has sold 110 million albums worldwide over 30 years, hasn't released a studio album since 2008's "Death Magnetic" and that came five years after "St. Anger." It will likely be seven years between albums by the time this new album comes out. Paired up separately to do interviews for their 3D movie, "Metallica: Through The Never", singer James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett are less revealing than Ulrich. Hetfield says they need a concentrated time period to really buckle down. "Writing music is somewhat important to us," he understates, smiling. "We focus. Focus." "That's the plan," adds Hammett. "We'll start writing the album. We were supposed to start last year [laughs] but there you have it; we'll see how it goes." Ulrich, who is tea ...
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Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Plays Guns N' Roses, AC/DC And Deep Purple For His Kids (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What happens when a heavy metal legend like Metallica's Lars Ulrich puts his adolescent children in charge of the radio? Surprisingly, it's not much different than when Ulrich himself is in command of the tunes. When the drummer visited HuffPost Live to chat about the new film "Metallica: Through The Never," host Mike Sacks told him that the first music Sacks' 3-week-old son listened to was Metallica's "Master of Puppets." That led Ulrich to share the parental playlist he queued up for his own children. "I have three kids, and I started them early on Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Deep Purple and all that stuff," Ulrich said. And that early introduction to rock has lasted through the years. Ulrich said he's never disappointed when his children, now aged 6, 12 and 15 take control of the radio during the family's morning car ride each day. "Every morning they put on Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age," he said. Ulrich said Sacks playing Metallica for hi ...
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Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich Recalls Battle With Napster: 'They F--ked With Us, We'll F--k With Them' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It has been 13 years since Metallica took on Napster in a landmark moment for music, and the band's drummer, Lars Ulrich, says that while he still believes in his position in the dispute, he never expected the battle to blow up into a never-ending national story. "We weren't quite prepared for the shit-storm that we became engulfed in," Ulrich recalled during an interview with HuffPost Live's Mike Sacks about the band's new 3D film, "Metallica: Through The Never." Ulrich said the conflict began when "I Disappear," a song Metallica recorded for the "Mission: Impossible II" soundtrack, began making the rounds on radio stations before its release. The problem was that the version radio stations were playing was not the final mix, Ulrich said. "I got a call from our office the next day: 'It traces back to something called Napster.' And we were like, 'Well, they fucked with us, we'll fuck with them,'" Ulrich said. But once the band moved forward with a lawsuit for copyright infringem ...
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PHOTO: Tech Billionaire's Forest Wedding Was Truly Unbelievable
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Napster founder Sean Parker tied the knot with Alexandra Parker (née Lenas) in a controversial Big Sur, Calif. wedding in June. The tech mogul faced criticism after it was revealed that he married on ecologically sensitive land without proper permits. (Parker contends that the hotel from which he rented the land was responsible for acquiring the permits). Despite the controversy, the Parkers' wedding was a jaw-dropping one. From the elaborate sets, to the woodland fairy-esque costumes designed for each guest by none other than "Lord of the Rings" costume designer Ngila Dickson, the star-studded celebration was a sight to behold. Take a look at a photo from the nuptials below, courtesy Christian Oth/Vanity Fair. (And click here to see more photos from the Parkers' wedding on VanityFair.com). Among the 364 guests at the nuptials were Olivia Munn, "Girls" star Allison Williams and Lars Ulrich. Event planner Preston Bailey, along with designer Kevin Fulk, organized the e ...
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50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Who rules the road in 2013? To find out Rolling Stone asked a panel of writers industry figures and artists – from Lars Ulrich of Metallica to Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes – to vote on their favorite live performers right now To be eligible for the list a performer...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lars Ulrich
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    At the 2016 Men in Blazers Night of the Golden Blazer, Ulrich revealed his passion for Chelsea Football Club, as he stated that he went to Stamford Bridge many a time starting in 1973 during the time his father was playing at Wimbledon during the Tennis Season.
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    Having led the charge for several years to get his longtime favorite band, Deep Purple, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ulrich gave the band's induction speech when Deep Purple finally went into the Hall in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Ulrich has been an activist in support of expanding access to health care for Americans, with his family working with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic of San Francisco, California. He particularly raised $32,000 for the group during a celebrity edition of the popular Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? program. Ulrich is a fan of a wide variety of genres, feeling particularly passionate about jazz music. He is particularly inspired by the influential tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who was Ulrich's godparent. Ulrich, a friend of Noel Gallagher, is a fan of Gallagher's former band Oasis and claimed Gallagher was his inspiration to give up cocaine in 2008. Ulrich has also expressed his desire to sometime play drums in Gallagher's current band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
    Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison also spoke highly of Ulrich in a 2016 interview, telling critics to "shut their fucking mouths because Lars Ulrich is probably one of the best and most innovative drummers ever."
    More Details Hide Details Jordison added that Ulrich's double bass is completely on point and his entrepreneurship is what "keeps this type of music going; he’s the heart of the whole fucking community, because Metallica are the kings. There’ll never be anybody that will match them, and Lars is a huge, huge part of that. Without that guy, and the influence of that band, I wouldn’t even be sitting here talking to you."
  • 2015
    In a 2015 interview, former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy spoke about Ulrich that he has great respect for him not only as a writer but as a businessman, marketeer, composer, and performer.
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  • 2014
    Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo defended Ulrich's drumming skills in a 2014 interview saying that he is a good arranger and that he plays an important role in Metallica.
    More Details Hide Details He said, "Without Lars, there wouldn't be a Metallica. So you have to give him credit for what he does for the band." While speaking with UK's Rhythm magazine back in 2009, Lombardo was a bit more critical of Ulrich's drumming abilities, saying that playing with Metallica at Download in 2004 was a great experience, but adding that it was good to "show 'em how it's done!" Dave continued. "No disrespect to Lars, because Lars is great and he's a very nice guy, but he needs to spend a week at my house and we need to sit down and play. I could show him — 'No, Lars, like this!'… 'Let's chill, let's relax, have some coffee and let's play!' Laughs" A few months later, Lombardo was asked by Noisecreep if Ulrich had ever accepted his offer of drum lessons. "Oh man, no, he hasn't," Lombardo said that the comment he made was merely a joke.
    However, in a 2014 interview with radio station KILO 94.3, he felt that Metallica wouldn't have fired Ulrich after all.
    More Details Hide Details Kirk Hammett confirmed in 2015 that he indeed considered firing Ulrich in 1985 but managed to resolve whatever issues they had 30 years ago. “To be completely honest, Lars has a lot of drive, and that’s a part of the reason why I love the man. His drive and his motivation is just so intense, you know.”
  • 2012
    Ulrich has been criticised for being a poorly skilled drummer by some fans and media and for diminished performance over the years. Ulrich said in a 2012 interview that he "regressed" at drumming; although he exercises regularly to stay fit, he doesn't regularly practice drums "in order to get better."
    More Details Hide Details This started with Metallica, and very roughly ended with St. Anger. With Metallica's ninth album, Death Magnetic, Ulrich made a return to his style from the 1980s, in which he played slightly more complex and fast rhythms. Anthrax founder and guitarist Scott Ian mentioned in his memoir that in 1986, he recalled a conversation he had with Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett about them considering firing Ulrich from the band. He never asked why but he suspected that it was because they wanted a better drummer.
  • 2011
    He made his acting debut in the HBO original film Hemingway & Gellhorn, which began filming in March 2011 and was released on 28 May 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Ulrich made a brief cameo appearance as himself in the film Get Him to the Greek, as the partner of the character Jackie Q. In 2012, Ulrich was the focus of the documentary film, "Mission to Lars". The film by Kate and Will Spicer concerns their journey with their brother Tom, who lives in a care home in Devon, England and who has Fragile X syndrome, to try to meet Ulrich at one of Metallica's 2009 gigs in California. To unwind after certain gigs, Ulrich listens to jazz. Ulrich's drumming style has changed throughout his career. During the 1980s he was known for his fast, aggressive thrash beats. He would often utilize the double bass technique in Latin breakbeats, which became highly popular among heavy metal drummers. The best examples of this are found in songs such as "Metal Militia" (Kill 'Em All), "Fight Fire with Fire" (Ride the Lightning), "Battery", "Damage, Inc. " (Master of Puppets), "Blackened", "One", "Dyers Eve" (And Justice for All), "That Was Just Your Life", "All Nightmare Long" and "My Apocalypse" (Death Magnetic). Ulrich uses groove in his drum style, including clean and fast double bass beats in many songs and heavy drum fills. He has been known to drum in sync with the rhythm guitar played by James Hetfield.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Following his divorce from Satenstein, Ulrich dated Danish actress Connie Nielsen from mid-2004 until 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have one child together. Ulrich is currently married to fashion model Jessica Miller. When Ulrich and fellow Metallica members James Hetfield, Jason Newsted, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, Ulrich was the first Dane to receive the honor.
  • 2000
    In July 2000, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee after Metallica's entire catalogue, including the then-unfinished track "I Disappear" was found to be freely available for download on the service.
    More Details Hide Details The case was settled out-of-court, resulting in more than 300,000 Napster users being banned from the service. Ulrich was quoted by LAUNCHcast as having some regrets:
    In April 2000, Ulrich became a vocal opponent of Napster and file sharing as Metallica filed a lawsuit against the company for copyright infringement and racketeering.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Between 1998 and 2002, Ulrich tried running a record label, the Music Company.
    More Details Hide Details The company was a joint venture with Metallica accountant Tim Duffy. It failed to catch on and folded in the spring 2002. His voice can be heard in the opening seconds of "Leper Messiah" and he also counts to four in his native Danish on the "St. Anger" music video.
  • 1997
    His second marriage was to Skylar Satenstein, an emergency medicine physician, from 1997 to 2004.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Ulrich has been married three times. His first marriage was in 1988 to Debbie Jones, a British woman he met on tour, but they divorced in 1990 due to Ulrich's constant absence during the recording of Metallica.
    More Details Hide Details That self-titled album ended up being released on August 12, 1991.
  • 1981
    Later in 1981, Ulrich met James Hetfield in Downey, California and they formed the heavy metal band Metallica.
    More Details Hide Details He got the name "Metallica" from a friend, Ron Quintana, who was brainstorming names for a heavy metal fanzine he was creating, and Metallica was one of the options, the other being "Metal Mania." Ulrich encouraged him to choose Metal Mania, and used the name Metallica for himself. He became known as a pioneer of fast thrash drum beats, featured on many of Metallica's early songs, such as "Metal Militia" from Kill 'Em All, "Fight Fire with Fire" from Ride the Lightning, "Battery" and "Damage Inc." from Master of Puppets and "Dyers Eve" from And Justice for All. He has since been considerably influential due to both the popularity of his band, as well as his drum techniques, such as the double bass drum in the song "One" (And Justice for All) and Dyer's Eve. Since the release of Metallica, Ulrich adopted a less focused and simplified style of drumming, and reduced his kit from a 9-piece to a 7-piece.
    In the documentary, Anvil: The story of Anvil, Ulrich states that witnessing a Y&T show was his defining moment in deciding to become a musician. In 1981, Ulrich discovered British heavy metal band Diamond Head.
    More Details Hide Details He was excited about the band's style of music after purchasing their debut album Lightning to the Nations (1980). He traveled from San Francisco to London to see the band perform live at the Woolwich Odeon. Ulrich remains a fan of Diamond Head and mixed its album The Best of Diamond Head. Upon returning to America, Ulrich placed an ad in a local newspaper looking for musicians to start a band with him. James Hetfield replied to the ad, and Metallica was formed.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Ulrich originally intended to play tennis, and he moved to America in 1980.
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  • 1973
    In February 1973, Ulrich's father obtained five passes for five of his friends to a Deep Purple concert that was being held in the same Copenhagen stadium as one of his tournaments.
    More Details Hide Details When one of the friends could not go, they gave their ticket to the nine-year-old Ulrich. Ulrich was mesmerized by the performance, buying the band's Fireball album the next day. The concert and the album had a considerable impact on Ulrich, inspiring the start of his career in rock and roll and later on, heavy metal. As a result of his newfound interest in music, he received his first drum kit from his grandmother at the age of twelve, a Ludwig.
  • OTHER
  • 1963
    Born on December 26, 1963.
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