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Lars Ulrich Says Metallica Were Nervous to Play Live Shows Again

For many artists, 2021 marked their first time performing in several years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though legacy acts such as Metallica have been playing live shows for several decades, Lars Ulrich admitted that they were "definitely nervous" to play their first real concert again.The drummer described getting onstage in front of an actual audience again as "very emotional on every level" during an episode of Eddie Trunk's Trunk Nation [via […]

todayOctober 4, 2021 1

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Lars Ulrich’s ‘Whole Family Fell in Love With Royal Blood’

Metallica's Lars Ulrich has expressed his affinity for Brit rock over the years, professing his love for Oasis, so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to see that he's also found a fondness for one of the U.K.'s top rock exports of recent years, Royal Blood. In fact, Ulrich reveals the duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher have had quite the impact on his family as […]

todaySeptember 18, 2021 6

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Lars Ulrich’s Sons Myles and Layne Form New Band Taipei Houston

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's two adult sons, fellow percussionist Myles Ulrich (23) and bass guitar player Layne Ulrich (20), have formed a rock band together called Taipei Houston. The new group this month revealed their moniker on social media and subsequently began sharing short teases of their music.The act's official christening likely comes as no surprise to those who caught the young rockers perform a buzzsaw bass-and-drums cover of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" in 2020, […]

todaySeptember 2, 2021 1

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Get a Metallica Drum Tone With Lars Ulrich Signature Snare Drum

Metallica fans who are also drummers and are looking to get Lars Ulrich's unmistakable drum tone from 1991's The Black Album are in luck — an Ulrich Black Album signature snare drum is now available in limited quantities from the rocker's favored kit maker, Tama.Not only does the drum feature all of Ulrich's preferred specifications for getting a big Black Album snare crack, but it's also covered in a matte black finish that […]

todayAugust 14, 2021 1

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Mario Duplantier – Lars Ulrich Is the ‘Best Showman Drummer’

The members of Gojira have never been shy about their love and respect for Metallica, especially drummer Mario Duplantier, who's named Lars Ulrich the "best showman drummer in the world."While discussing the 10 drummers who influenced him the most with Metal Hammer, Duplantier admitted that Ulrich was the first one who really sparked his interest in drumming."I was maybe 10 or 11 years old and my brother had received the […]

todayJune 15, 2021 9

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How Joey Jordison Got to Fill in for Lars Ulrich at Fest

In a new interview with Download Festival, Slipknot percussionist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan looked back on the time in 2004 when now ex-'Knot drummer Joey Jordison was tapped as an emergency fill-in for Lars Ulrich for Metallica's headlining performance.Jordison, alongside Slayer legend Dave Lombardo, were the two skinsman Metallica brought onstage in relief of Ulrich, who is said to have suffered an anxiety attack and was unable to perform that night.While Lombardo […]

todayMay 29, 2021 16

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Metalium Bassist Lars Ratz Dead in Solo Aircraft Crash

Lars Ranzenberger, otherwise known as Lars Ratz, the former bassist and keyboardist of onetime German power metal outfit Metalium, died on Sunday (April 18) after crashing a homebuilt aircraft he was piloting in his adopted home base of Mallorca, Spain. He was 53.Outside of his past musical activities and work as the founder of lighting design firm MallorcaLED, Ranzenberger also hobbied with ultralight aircraft, small fixed-wing planes that typically hold just one or two […]

todayApril 20, 2021 4

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Lars Follows Hetfield’s Rhythm Live, Says Gojira’s Joe Duplantier

Metallica's James Hetfield is the master of rhythm and in a recent interview, Gojira's Joe Duplantier expounded on that sentiment, calling him the "foundation" of the band's rhythm section while noting that drummer Lars Ulrich follows him live and that he utilizes almost no drums in his in-ear monitors onstage.Duplantier, who will release a new album with Gojira, Fortitude, at the end of the month, is a known Metallica superfan. In March, he […]

todayApril 9, 2021 3