December 26, 1963
From: Gentofte, Denmark
Personal: Married, 2 Children
Specialty: Pounding, driving rhythms
Plays: Drums / Equipment list
Vitals: Green eyes, blonde/brown hair, 5'7"/1.7
meters tall, weighs 130 lbs/58.97 kilos
was barely 10 years old when he attended a Deep Purple concert
and learned what music could be. This was no small feat when you
think of the music that young Lars had been exposed to up until
that time. His father ran a small jazz club and was very involved
in Europe's jazz scene. The legendary sax player Dexter Gordon
is even Lars' godfather.
was Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore that changed the world for
Lars. He was impressed enough from their concert that he purchased
their Fireball album the next day. Three years later at age 13,
he persuaded his grandmother to buy him his first drum kit.
Drums and music took a backseat to tennis, his father's profession.
Lars was a ranked junior player in his native Denmark when the
Ulrichs moved to Newport Beach, California. There, Lars was just
another tennis player, not the notable player he was in Denmark.
after, tennis became less important, and Lars fell prey to the
guilty pleasures of southern California: sex, drugs and rock n'
roll... Lots of rock n' roll. Lars' passion for music grew, and
he began trading tapes to obtain his beloved blend of European
June of 1981, Lars, the ultimate fan boy, flew to England to catch
some shows by his now favorite band, Diamond Head. Somehow, some
way, Lars managed to talk his way into living with the band in
England until he had had to return to California. Back home, he
found his tape trading friend Brian Slagel looking for bands to
record tracks for an album that would be released on his new Metal
Blade Records. Lars secured himself a spot on that album. But,
Lars had no band.
going to England he had jammed with a James Hetfield, a singer
and guitar player. That jam had its share of problems... Lars'
timekeeping wasn't that solid and the cymbals fell victim to gravity
a bit too often. But now, he had bait: a spot on an album.
took the bait, and Metallica was born. Music now shares the front
seat with Lars' wife and child, and the drummer has learned to
relax a bit more, but he's still very much in the driver's seat.
are Lars' vitals?
Lars Ulrich was found talking in Gentofte, Denmark on December
26th, 1963; he is 5'7" tall and weighs 130 lbs.
Lars eloped with Skylar in Las Vegas in early 1997.
equipment does Lars use?
Lars plays Star Classic Maple Drums with Remo heads and Zildjian
Brilliant cymbals, for more on his equipment check out: Lars Equipment!
does Lars drive?
A Porsche, Chevy Blazer and a Range Rover, Saab.
is he from?
Gentofte (North of Copenhagen), Denmark.
he recorded for any bands besides Metallica?
Lars has recorded a drum track with Mercyful Fate for a remake
of their song "Return of the Vampire."
does he drink?
Lars likes Dry White Wine, Merlot Red Wine, Evian (especially
in 1 liter bottles), tea.
sports teams does he follow?
Lars follows the San Jose Sharks, the 49ers and the Tampa Bay
Was Lars really married or engaged to Courtney Love?
No, that was a running joke perpetuated by both Lars and Courtney
during the Molson Ice Labor Day concert in Northern Canada.
are Lars' favorite foods?
French food, tuna, sushi, frozen yogurt.
Lars been in any other bands?
No, Metallica has been Lars' one and only band.
are Lars' favorite tennis players?
John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas and Torben Ulrich.
it true that Lars sings sometimes?
Metallica, on occasion has been known to switch around the instrument's
on "Am I Evil?" The (un)usual arrangement is Lars on Vox, James
on drums, Jason on guitar, Kirk on bass. Lars claims this is his
"Bruce Dickinson impersonation." This is not a very regular happening,
maybe five times ever. Lars has also lent his vocal talents on
the ...And Justice For All album, contributing the "Wizard of
Oz" style intro to Frayed Ends Of Sanity!
Lars president of the Motorhead fan club?
No, just another myth.
what heavy metal band did Lars first become interested with the
does he like to do when he gets time away from Metallica?
Lars Ulrich likes to scuba diving, skiing, going to the movies
other bands influenced Lars?
DiamondHead, Motorhead, Deep Purple
did Lars thank Jethro Tull when they won the Grammy in 1992?
Jethro Tull won the award that many think Metallica deserved in
1989. The "thanks to Jethro Tull for NOT putting out an album
this year," was an underhanded salute to the Industry for not
recognizing Metallica in 1989.
jobs has he held?
Lars was once a paper boy, and also worked at a gas station; Oasis
Lars a Godfather?
Yes, Lars "Corleone" is Godfather of two.
MORE ON LARS
status: Married (January 1997)
Porsche, Chevy Blazer, Range Rover, Saab
Dry white wine, Evian, tea
French food, tuna, sushi, frozen yogurt
teams: San Jose Sharks, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
career: Paper boy, gas station attendant
Hanging with my wife, running, scuba diving, skiing, movies, fashion,
to: Oasis, AIC, Black Grape, my wife
Guillermo Vilas (Argentinian tennis player), Ritchie Blackmore,
concert: Deep Purple, 1973, Copenhagen
self as: Anticipating, stubborn, spontaneous,sarcastic, talkative,