Lars Ulrich

Lars Ulrich
Ulrich in 2013
Background information
Born (1963-12-26) December 26, 1963 (age 55)[1]
Gentofte, Denmark
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • record producer
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active1980–present
Associated acts

Lars Ulrich R[2] (k/; Danish: [lɑːs ˈulˀʁæɡ]; born December 26, 1963) is a Danish[3] musician, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Metallica. The son of tennis player Torben Ulrich and grandson of tennis player Einer Ulrich, he also played tennis in his youth and moved to Los Angeles at age 16 to train professionally. However, rather than playing tennis, Ulrich began playing the drums. After publishing an advertisement in The Recycler, Ulrich met vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and formed Metallica.

Early life

Ulrich was born into an upper-middle-class family[4] in Gentofte, Denmark;[4][5] the son of Lone (née Sylvester-Hvid) and professional tennis player Torben Ulrich.[6] His paternal grandfather was professional tennis player Einer Ulrich. His paternal grandmother, Ulla Meyer, was from a Jewish family; as a result, Ulrich's grandfather was persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.[7] Saxophonist Dexter Gordon was Ulrich's godfather, and he is a childhood friend of musician Neneh Cherry.[8]

In February 1973, Ulrich's father obtained passes for five of his friends to a Deep Purple concert held in the same Copenhagen stadium as one of his tennis tournaments. When one of the friends could not go, they gave their ticket to the nine-year-old Ulrich, who was mesmerized by the performance and bought the band's album Fireball the next day. The concert and album had a considerable impact on Ulrich, inspiring the start of his music career.

As a result of his newfound interest in music, he received his first drum kit, a Ludwig, from his grandmother around the age of 12 or 13.[9] Ulrich originally intended to follow in his father's footsteps and play tennis, and he moved to Newport Beach, California, in the summer of 1980.[10] Despite being ranked in the top ten tennis players of his age group in Denmark, Ulrich failed to make it into the 7 man Corona del Mar High School tennis team, contributing to his decision to focus on music.[11]

In the documentary Anvil! The story of Anvil, Ulrich states that witnessing a Y&T show was his defining moment in deciding to become a musician. In 1981, he discovered British heavy metal band Diamond Head. He was excited about the band's style of music after purchasing their debut album Lightning to the Nations, and traveled from San Francisco to London to see the band perform live at the Woolwich Odeon. Ulrich remains a fan of Diamond Head and would later go on to mix their album The Best of Diamond Head.[12] Upon returning to America, Ulrich placed an advert in a local classifieds newspaper looking for musicians to start a band with him. James Hetfield replied to the ad, and Metallica was formed.[13]

Other Languages
العربية: لارس ألريك
aragonés: Lars Ulrich
беларуская: Ларс Ульрых
български: Ларс Улрих
català: Lars Ulrich
čeština: Lars Ulrich
Deutsch: Lars Ulrich
Ελληνικά: Λαρς Ούλριχ
español: Lars Ulrich
føroyskt: Lars Ulrich
français: Lars Ulrich
Gaeilge: Lars Ulrich
𐌲𐌿𐍄𐌹𐍃𐌺: 𐌻𐌰𐍂𐍃 𐌿𐌻𐍂𐌹𐍇
한국어: 라스 울리히
հայերեն: Լարս Ուլրիխ
hrvatski: Lars Ulrich
Bahasa Indonesia: Lars Ulrich
íslenska: Lars Ulrich
italiano: Lars Ulrich
ქართული: ლარს ულრიხი
latviešu: Larss Ulriks
lietuvių: Lars Ulrich
magyar: Lars Ulrich
македонски: Ларс Улрих
მარგალური: ლარს ულრიხი
Bahasa Melayu: Lars Ulrich
Nederlands: Lars Ulrich
norsk nynorsk: Lars Ulrich
Plattdüütsch: Lars Ulrich
polski: Lars Ulrich
português: Lars Ulrich
română: Lars Ulrich
русский: Ульрих, Ларс
Simple English: Lars Ulrich
slovenčina: Lars Ulrich
српски / srpski: Ларс Улрих
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Lars Ulrich
svenska: Lars Ulrich
Türkçe: Lars Ulrich
українська: Ларс Ульріх