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Happy birthday, Lars Ulrich

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Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Happy birthday, Lars Ulrich...
Born December 26, 1963 in Gentofte, Denmark, Lars Ulrich is a drummer and one of the founding members of American heavy metal band Metallica.
lineup:
Current members: James Hetfield (lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1981–present)), Lars Ulrich (drums (1981–present)), Kirk Hammett (lead guitar, backing vocals (1983–present)), Robert Trujillo (bass, backing vocals (2003–present)).
Former members: Dave Mustaine (lead guitar, backing vocals (1982–1983)), Ron McGovney (bass (1982)), Cliff Burton (bass, backing vocals (1982–1986; died 1986)), Jason Newsted (bass, backing vocals (1986–2001)).
Studio recording members: Bob Rock (bass (2002-2003)).
In February 1973, Lars and his father went to a concert of Deep Purple (lineup: Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Paice) in a Copenhagen stadium.
The nine-year-old Lars was most impressed with Deep Purple's performance and bought the band's Fireball album the next day.
The concert and the album had a considerable impact on him, inspiring his entrance into the world of rock and roll and later of heavy metal.
He started playing drum at the age of twelve.
Ulrich originally intended to play tennis as his former tennis pro father, and that's why he moved to Los Angeles in 1980.
In 1981, Lars discovered the band Diamond Head (lineup: Sean Harris, Brian Tatler, Colin Kimberley, Duncan Scott).
He was so excited about the band's style of music after purchasing its debut album Lightning to the Nations (1980) that he traveled from San Francisco to London to see the band perform live at the Woolwich Odeon.
Upon returning to America, he placed an ad in a local newspaper looking for musicians to start a band with him.
James Hetfield replied to the ad and Metallica was formed.
He became known as a pioneer of fast thrash drum beats, featured on many of Metallica's early songs, such as Metal Militia from Kill 'Em All, Fight Fire with Fire from Ride the Lightning, Battery and Damage Inc. from Master of Puppets and Dyers Eve from ...And Justice for All.
He has since been considerably influential due to both the popularity of his band, as well as his drum techniques, such as the double bass drum in the song One (...And Justice for All) and the opening of Enter Sandman (Metallica).
Since the release of Metallica, Lars adopted a less focused and simplified style of drumming, and reduced his kit from a 9-piece to a 7-piece.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Lars Ulrich!

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Lars Ulrich, Metallica - 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian Getty Images)

Lars Ulrich, Metallica - 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian Getty Images)

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Lars Ulrich ...
Né le 26 Décembre 1963 à Gentofte (Danemark) Lars Ulrich est le batteur et l'un des membres fondateurs du groupe de heavy metal Metallica.
Lineup :
Membres actuels : James Hetfield (lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1981–present)), Lars Ulrich (drums (1981–present)), Kirk Hammett (lead guitar, backing vocals (1983–present)), Robert Trujillo (bass, backing vocals (2003–present)).
Anciens membres: Dave Mustaine (lead guitar, backing vocals (1982–1983)), Ron McGovney (bass (1982)), Cliff Burton (bass, backing vocals (1982–1986; died 1986)), Jason Newsted (bass, backing vocals (1986–2001)).
Musicien de studio: Bob Rock (bass (2002-2003)).En Février 1973, Lars et son père sont allés à un concert de Deep Purple (lineup: Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Paice) dans un stade de Copenhague.
Le jeune Lars, agé de neuf ans, a été tellement impressionné par la performance de Deep Purple qu'il a acheté dès le lendemain l'album Fireball.
Le concert et l'album a eu un impact considérable sur lui, et lui ont ouvert le monde du rock and roll et plus tard du metal.
Il a commencé à jouer de la batterie à l'âge de douze ans.
Lars se destinait à l'origine à devenir un joueur de tennis professionnel comme son père, et il a déménagé à Los Angeles en 1980 dans ce but.
En 1981, Ulrich a découvert le groupe Diamond Head (lineup : Sean Harris, Brian Tatler, Colin Kimberley, Duncan Scott).
Il a été si envouté par leur style de musique qu'après avoir acheté leur premier album (Lightning to the Nations sorti en 1980), il a pris l'avion de San Francisco à Londres pour voir un concert du groupe au Woolwich Odeon.
De retour en Amérique, Ulrich a placé une annonce dans un journal local à la recherche de musiciens pour monter son propre groupe.
James Hetfield a répondu à l'annonce et Metallica est né.
Il est connu pour être un pionnier d'une rythmique rapide, présente sur un grand nombre de morceaux des premiers temps de Metallica, comme Metal Militia (Kill 'Em All),  Fight Fire With Fire (Ride the Lightning) Battery et Damage Inc. (Master of Puppets) et Dyers Eve (... And Justice for All).
Il a depuis une influence considérable en raison à la fois de la popularité du groupe, mais aussi sa technique et de son style de jeu particulier comme la double grosse caisse dans le morceau "One" (... And Justice for All) et l'intro de "Enter Sandman" (Metallica).
Depuis la sortie de l'album Metallica, Lars a opté pour une batterie moins spécifique et plus simple, passant d'un kit de 9 à 7 pièces.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Lars Ulrich !]

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2013)

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2013)

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2012)

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2012)

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2009)

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2009)

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2008) - credit: John Hardin

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2008) - credit: John Hardin

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2007)

Lars Ulrich, Metallica (2007)

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Lars Ulrich and Jason Newsted, Metallica - KERRANG

Lars Ulrich and Jason Newsted, Metallica - KERRANG

Lars Ulrich, Metallica - Hit Parader

Lars Ulrich, Metallica - Hit Parader

Lars Ulrich, Metallica - credit: Ross Halfin - Rock Photography

Lars Ulrich, Metallica - credit: Ross Halfin - Rock Photography

Lars Ulrich, Metallica - Woodstock (August 1994) Saugerties, New York - credit: Mick Hutson

Lars Ulrich, Metallica - Woodstock (August 1994) Saugerties, New York - credit: Mick Hutson

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Jason Newsted - Metallica (1992)

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Jason Newsted - Metallica (1992)

Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield - Metallica

Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield - Metallica

Lars Ulrich & James Hetfield signing vinyl and denim jackets at the Record Vault before the final show of the Kill ‘Em All for One tour with Raven - Credit: Wayne Vanderkuil

Lars Ulrich & James Hetfield signing vinyl and denim jackets at the Record Vault before the final show of the Kill ‘Em All for One tour with Raven - Credit: Wayne Vanderkuil

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Clif Burton (Metallica) - KERRANG!

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Clif Burton (Metallica) - KERRANG!

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Clif Burton (Metallica)

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Clif Burton (Metallica)

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine - Metallica, the early years

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine - Metallica, the early years

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