Metallica seeks purpose after Mariano Rivera retirement in 'SportsCenter' ad

Metallica seeks purpose after Mariano Rivera retirement in 'SportsCenter' ad

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) --A new ad for ESPN's "SportsCenter" shows Metallica pitching new entrance music after Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera retired last season.
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Lars Ulrich accepts drum-off challenge from Will Ferrell, Chad Smith

Lars Ulrich accepts drum-off challenge from Will Ferrell, Chad Smith

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) --Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has agreed to a drum-off with actor Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
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Metallica discusses their tribute to Ronnie James Dio

Metallica discusses their tribute to Ronnie James Dio

March 24 (UPI) -- Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about the band's tribute to Rainbow frontman Ronnie James Dio in an interview published on Monday.
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Metallica discusses new song, 'The Lords of Summer'

Metallica discusses new song, 'The Lords of Summer'

March 17 (UPI) -- Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich talks about the band's new song, "The Lords of Summer," which debuted at Sunday's concert in Bogotá, Columbia.
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Detroit's Orion festival plagued by long lines; Metallica surprises

DETROIT, June 9 (UPI) -- The 2nd annual Orion Music and More festival launched its first year on Belle Island, Mich., with long ticket and shuttle lines and a surprise set by Metallica.

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Metallica to perform in Danish ex-prison

Metallica to perform in Danish ex-prison

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- American rock band Metallica is to perform "The Black Album" in its entirety at a concert in June at Denmark's former Horsens Prison, organizers said.

Metallica meets with Fla. cancer survivor

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- An 85-year-old cancer survivor says the heavy metal group Metallica met with her before a show in Tampa, Fla.

Ulrich: 'Death' not an '80s tribute

CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says his band's new album, "Death Magnetic," was not intended to be similar to the U.S. heavy rock band's sound from the 1980s.
Metallica close to completing new album

Metallica close to completing new album

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S. rock group Metallica say they are close to completing a new album after two years of work.
Metallica's Ulrich praises 'Guitar Hero'

Metallica's Ulrich praises 'Guitar Hero'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Superstar drummer Lars Ulrich of the U.S. band Metallica gives credit to music-based video games for his 10-year-old son's interest in classic rock music.

Metallica drummer to be dad again

NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and actress Connie Nielsen of the U.S. TV series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" are expecting their first child.

Korn frontman hospitalized in Britain

LONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. rockers Korn were forced to take the stage at England's Download rock festival Saturday without frontman Jonathan Davis.

'Iron Man' is VH1's No. 1 metal song

NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. cable TV music channel VH1 has crowned Black Sabbath's 1971 "Iron Man" as the No. 1 metal song of all time.

Metallica gets Bobble-head dolls

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Metalheads can now head bang along with their own tiki Metallica Bobble-heads.
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Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs in concert at San Diego State University's Cox Arena on December 15, 2008. (UPI Photo/Roger Williams)

Lars Ulrich (born December 26, 1963) is a Danish American drummer best known as the co-founder of American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an upper-middle class family. A tennis prodigy in his youth, Ulrich moved to Los Angeles, California at age sixteen to pursue his training, but instead of playing tennis, he ended up as a drummer. After publishing an advertisement in a local Los Angeles newspaper called The Recycler, he met James Hetfield and formed Metallica.

Lars' father, Torben Ulrich, who was an acclaimed tennis pro from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, was also a musician, playing jazz with giants such as Stan Getz and Miles Davis; legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon was Ulrich's godfather. In February 1973, Torben Ulrich obtained five passes for five of his friends to a Deep Purple concert that was being held in the same Copenhagen stadium as one of his tournaments. When it was discovered that one of the friends could not go, their ticket was handed over to the nine year-old Lars. The young Ulrich found himself mesmerized by the performance, buying the band's Fireball album the very next day. The concert and the album had a considerable impact on Ulrich, inspiring his entrance into the world of rock and roll and later on, heavy metal. As a result of his newfound interest in music, he received his first drum kit from his grandmother at the age of thirteen, a Ludwig. Lars' original goal and reason for moving to America was to play tennis, but the plan was later changed when he formed Metallica.

Later on in life, in 1981, Lars discovered a British heavy metal band called Diamond Head. He was so excited about their style of music after getting hold of their 1980 debut Lightning to the Nations that he traveled all the way from San Francisco to London in order to see the band perform live at the Woolwich Odeon. However, the young Lars had not planned the trip out particularly well and was left without anywhere to stay after the gig. However, he managed to meet the band backstage and explain the lengths he had taken to see them. The band warmed to him and lead guitarist Brian Tatler let him stay with him in Birmingham, where Lars spent the next few weeks touring with the band. Lars still remains a big fan of the band and even helped mix their Best Of album.

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