Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed in an interview with GQ Magazine the song that made him want to be in a band. The musician also recalled how the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was important for him.
“When I was 15 or 16, I was living in L.A. — I’d moved over from Denmark a year or two before. I was going to school in Orange County. The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal [NWOBHM] was going on. It was around 1979-81 and I would get all these records sent from England. There was this mail-order thing called Old Records, where you’d send your money and all the latest releases would show up. So I got an MCA Records compilation album called ‘Brute Force’.”
“I’d recently read about this band called Diamond Head in [U.K.’s] Sounds [magazine] that I hadn’t heard of before, then they were the opening cut on this compilation album — the song was called ‘It’s Electric’. When I heard that song, I think I subsequently ended up playing it, like, 9,000 times for the next month. If there was ever a song that made me want to be in a band, that was it. I wasn’t in a band at the time.”
“I was still fussing around with tennis, although that was going down the drain quickly. That song was, like, ‘Holy hell, if I could just play that song or be in some sort of set-up where I could live my life playing a song like that. That’s what I want to do.'”
Sir Lars Ulrich was born in Gentofte, December 26, 1963. He is a Danish musician, businessman, actor and broadcaster. He achieved worldwide fame for being the drummer and co-founder (along with James Hetfield) of Metallica. His father is the former tennis player Torben Ulrich, grandson of also former tennis player Einer Ulrich. Also was a godson of Dexter Gordon. Back in 2004, Kerrang! elected Lars the 9th most influential personality in the world of rock. It ranked 55th on the list of “66 best hard rock and metal drummers of all time” on the Loudwire website.
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