Todays article is about Lars Ulrich.
Originally published on ezinearticles.com.
Born on December 26, 1963 in Gentofte, Denmark, Lars Ulrich has made a name for himself as a phenomenal drummer, possibly one of the best of all time. He is best known as the drummer for the American metal band, Metallica. While he grew up in Denmark, he moved to America at age seventeen to pursue his dream of playing tennis professionally, he moved to Los Angeles, California. Instead of playing tennis for a living, he ended up being one of the best drummers to ever play in a metal band.
Lars' father was a credentialed professional tennis player from the 1940s to the 1980s, which is why tennis was Lars' original goal. However, his father was also a musician, who played with jazz with musicians like Stan Getz and Miles Davis. In fact, Dexter Gordon, the legendary saxophonist was Ulrich's godfather. Torben Ulrich was his name, and he is the reason that Lars first got into music. At age 9, Lars was invited by his father to go to a Deep Purple concert and was utterly mesmerized by the performance, it actually got him into rock and roll and eventually contributed to his interest in metal. He got his first drum kit from his grandmother at the age of twelve, and so began his vast experience as a drummer.
In 1981, Lars came across a British heavy metal band called Diamond Head that influenced him so much that he traveled all the way from San Francisco to London just so that he could see the band perform. He did not plan the trip very well though and he did not have anywhere to stay after the show. However, he ended up meeting the band backstage and the lead guitarist Brian Tatler allowed him to stay with him in Birmingham. Lars spend the following few weeks touring with the band, giving him his first experience of life on the road.
That very year is when Lars met James Hetfield in Downey, California and hence formed the band Metallica. The name Metallica derived from a friend named Ron Quintana who was actually thinking up names for a heavy metal magazine he was working on, Metallica was one of the options. This name appealed to Lars, and therefore he persuaded his friend to pick the other name for the magazine (Metal Mania) so that he could keep the name Metallica for himself.
In the early days of Metallica, Ulrich became known as a pioneer of fast thrash drum beats, which he used for nearly all of the early Metallica songs on the 'Kill 'Em All' album. To this date, Lars remains with Metallica and has recorded 9 albums with them, the latest being Death Magnetic.
His personal life isn't all that personal, although he did marry twice. First he married Debbie Jones in 1988 whom he had met on tour, however they divorced for a few different reasons. His second marriage lasted from 1997 to 2004 and was with Skylar Satenstein, an emergency medicine physician. Although they did divorce, he got two sons out of it and is dedicated to the both of them. Since then, he has been dating Connie Nielsen, a Danish actress whom with he has already had one son with.
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