Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recalled the first Metallica fan he ever met and revealed that nowadays he is a famous music manager. Ulrich said in the interview with GQ Magazine that they are still friends.
“His name is Ron Laffitte. He showed up in our garage in Norwalk, California, in the spring of 1982 wearing a denim jacket and a black T-shirt with hair down to his midsection. He was basically the first fan that we had in our inner circle. Today he manages Pharrell and a whole bunch of artists, including Backstreet Boys.”
“He ran Capitol Records for a while, so he has done very well for himself. I think if he was hard-pressed he would still consider himself a Metallica fan, and we still talk – I was texting with him a week ago. He’s very cool.”
“First of all, let’s break this down for a second. So karaoke for me, by necessity, involves alcoholic beverages. The first one that comes to mind is Rage Against The Machine. Which I know might sound an unusual choice. But if you’re a bit far into your night and “Killing In The Name Of” comes on, shouting into somebody’s face, “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me”…”
“That’s always a party anthem and obviously I say that tongue in cheek. Whether it’s an old AC/DC favourite or, for lack of a better word, even though they’re cliché. Your rock anthems like “Highway To Hell”, “Smoke On The Water” or “Black Dog” are a lot of fun to sing. As your whole country knows, it’s always fun to sing along to an Oasis song when you’re a few beverages into your evening.”
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