LARS ULRICH Recalls How METALLICA Made Big Money For First Time

Lars Ulrich

In a new interview with GQ Magazine, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich talked about the time when he realized he wanted to be professional musician.

“I’m not sure that there was one specific day. I grew up in a world of tennis and sports and at some point, I ignorantly thought that I was going to follow in my father’s footsteps that way,” Lars said. “When I was about 16 or 17 I realized that was not going to happen, but I don’t know if I thought of being a musician then. I’ve always loved music — the energy, the spectacle of rock ‘n’ roll – and music has always been my passion.

“I’ve told this story a couple of times, but when we were halfway through the [1986’s] Master of Puppets tour cycle, we did six or eight months opening for Ozzy [Osbourne], and the last US show was somewhere in Virginia,” he continued. “Our manager came out and we had a meeting in the back of the bus on the afternoon of the show. He sat down and he told us that we all made enough money now to be able to buy houses when we got back from this tour.

“It was pretty surreal because, leading up to that moment, money had never been a motivation. I was about 22, so we were five years into it, and all we wanted was to have some fun, play some music, hang out in a gang, drink a couple of beers, and whatever else comes with it.

Lars added: “Hearing suddenly that ‘you can go and buy a house if you want’ was extremely strange, honestly, and is as close I can get to, answering your question specifically. That was in August of 1986.”

When asked what was the first album he ever bought, Lars replied: “My dad took me to see DEEP PURLE in 1973 — I was nine years old – and the next day I went down to the local record store about ten minutes from where we lived on my bike and I bought their [1971’s] Fireball album.”

METALLICA‘s album, S&M2, the live concert film from METALLICA & The San Francisco Symphony was released on August 28. You can grab your copy here.