Basic Background Info

Birth: December 26, 1963
Location: Gentofte, Denmark
Band: Metallica
Genres: Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Hard Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Early on, it appeared that Lars Ulrich was going to become a Danish tennis phenomenon like his father. However, a 1973 Deep Purple concert in Copenhagen opened Lars Ulrich's eyes to the wide world of heavy rock & roll. Lars Ulrich abandoned tennis and devoted his eardrums to British heavy metal icons like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Diamond Head, Motorhead, and Def Leppard. Before long, he was laying down his own massive beats behind a drum kit.

When Lars Ulrich was a teenager, his family relocated to California, and Lars Ulrich immediately took advantage of the music community. Not much time passed before Lars Ulrich found James Hetfield. Their similar interests in real heavy metal, as opposed to the glam metal of the 80s, bound them together. With this partnership, Metallica was born.

Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield saw many potential band mates come and go before they established their lineup with Cliff Burton and Dave Mustaine. Metallica moved to San Francisco and earned fans the old-fashioned way—endlessly performing and pushing their demo tape. Their hard work paid off, and New York label Megaforce signed Metallica to a record contract. When they moved to New York, Kirk Hammett replaced Mustaine on guitar.

Metallica released three albums in three years and earned a reputation as pioneers of heavy metal with the promise of more for years to come. Just after they released a masterpiece in Master of Puppets in 1986, the band hit a roadblock when Burton unexpectedly died in a tour bus crash somewhere in Sweden on an overnight drive. However, the band decided to carry on his legacy with their music and invited Jason Newstead to fill the void.

Metallica lived up to their promise with successful albums throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. 1988’s …And Justice For All solidified Metallica’s status as the poster-boys of American heavy metal music. They sold out huge arena tours and brought heavy metal to mainstream attention. Load and Reload ventured into the area of alternative rock, both in terms of the band’s image and their sound.

In addition to his work leading Metallica, Lars created his own record label through Elektra called Music Company. In 2000, Lars Ulrich became a vocal opponent of the file sharing program Napster. Metallica sued the company for copyright infringement, and Lars testified before the Senate Committee investigating internet file sharing. Although Lars said he was proud of the stance he and the band took, he seemed to regret the negative attention.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1982 Metal Massacre, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1983 Kill 'Em All Metallica
1984 Ride the Lightning Metallica
1986 Behold the Beginning Diamond Head
1986 Master of Puppets Metallica
1988 ...And Justice for All Metallica
1991 Metallica Metallica
1993 In the Shadows Mercyful Fate
1993 Live Shit: Binge & Purge Metallica
1994 Live Before Death Metallica
1994 Live/White Album Diamond Head
1994 One Metallica
1996 Load Metallica
1997 Reload Metallica
1998 Garage, Inc. Metallica
1999 S&M Metallica
2000 Mission Impossible 2 Original Soundtrack
2000 Peep Show Goudie
2001 Somewhere in Between Systematic
2001 Tragic Show Brand New Immortals
2003 St. Anger Metallica
2006 Videos 1989-2004 Metallica
2007 Heavy Metal Various Artists
2008 Death Magnetic Metallica
2008 All Nighttime Long Metallica
2009 The End of the Line Metallica
2009 Francais Pour una Nuit Metallica
2010 See My Friends Ray Davies
2011 Lulu Lou Reed
2013 Through the Never Metallica
2014 A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life Various Artists


  • Ulrich was featured in an episode of South Park, in which the children are taught not to illegally download music because millionaires like Ulrich will not get paid. Ulrich felt very sorry for himself because he had to wait a few extra months before he could afford a gold plated shark tank/poolside bar.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Tama
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Tama/Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Ahead

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