Besides being one of Metallica's founding members and main songwriters, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is also the band's spokesman. Born on December 26, 1963, in Gentofte, Denmark, Ulrich's father (Torbin Ulrich) was a nationally renowned tennis player, and it appeared as though Lars would follow in his father's footsteps, as he practiced hard on tennis skills. In 1973, his father took him to his first rock concert, to see the mighty Deep Purple in Copenhagen, which opened the youngster's eyes to hard rock and heavy metal.
After he decided that the tennis life wasn't for him after all, Ulrich shifted his focus on music (namely the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement: Iron Maiden, Saxon, Diamond Head, Motorhead, Def Leppard, etc.), and took up the drums. His family relocated to California in the early '80s, as he promptly put an ad in the local music paper looking for other similarly minded musicians looking to start up a band. One of the first replies he received was from guitarist James Hetfield, as the pair agreed that they should form a band that was a reaction against the glam metal that had infiltrated Los Angeles at the time.
Soon after, Metallica was officially born. Several other band members came and went, until lineup consisting of bassist Cliff Burton, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, and Hetfield moved to San Francisco, building up a solid fan base due to their shows and a heavily circulated demo tape, No Life 'Til Leather. Metallica was offered a record contract with the independent label Megaforce if they agreed to move to New York, which they did, replacing Mustaine with Kirk Hammett in the process. Over the course of three releases, 1983's Kill 'Em All, 1984's Ride the Lightning (which was the group's first to be issued by a major label, Elektra), and 1986's Master of Puppets, Metallica became one of heavy metal's most promising new bands and is still at the forefront of today's music.
Lars Ulrich Drumming Gear
If you're a fan of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, then check out some of his signature gear below.
Ahead Lars Ulrich LT Aluminum Drum Sticks
Ahead drumsticks are precision crafted of aircraft grade aluminum with super durable, replaceable shaft covers. Ahead drumsticks are now the choice of today's hardest hitting drummers on stage and studio. Always perfectly balanced and matched with cushioned grips, Ahead sticks are backed by a 60-day replacement warranty against breakage direct from the manufacturer. Metallica Drummer: Model LT Features Built-in Vibration Reduction System (VRS) reduces hand fatigue and lets you play longer and faster. Precision alloy core guarantees weight and balance variations of less than 1% compared to as much as 20% with wood Ergonomically tuned handle diameters Super hard replaceable polyurethane covers protect both sticks and gear Super high-impact nylon tips.
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