|Lars On AOL
MET CLUB is Lars Ulrich
Good evening and welcome to Center Stage Lars Ulrich!
Hi. Lars here, live from NYC.
Ready for some audience questions Lars?
Ready to go.
Lars, how long do you guys get to play for Lollapalooza and will there be a snake
We will be playing for 90 minutes and there will be no snake pit.
What will the new album be like? Will there be any instrumentals? What is it's
The title is "LOAD". It is amazing. The best thing we've done since the last
album and there are a lot of instrumental bits between the vocals.
About the new logo, will it be on the next album cover? What will the cover look
The new logo will definitely be part of the album package. The cover will be a photo that
is really cool and in a warped way, could tie in with the title.
What do you think about some of these new, no hair, grungy looking bands today?
They should shower.
Lars, I was wondering if you could tell us what inspired Metallica to take part in
A desire to try something different, going into uncharted territory, to play with
bands that we would not normally get to play with, and the fun of a live experience that
is new to us.
Are you going to do any videos this time around? Please say no!
Ok... no... Sorry I am lying. We are just talking about that as we are speaking...
nothing definitive yet
May I ask why you downsized your set Lars?
I was hanging out in Seattle with my friend Jerry, from "Alice in Chains"
and we went down to their practice room for a jam and I played on Shawns's drums and I
really loved playing on the smaller drums. I went back to SF and downsized my own
Lars, tell us about the most memorable moment of your career?
Talking on AOL right now, or getting my hair cut.
Hi Lars, this is Stephan from MD, What were the main influences for the new
Bombay Sapphire Gin and generally just trying to loosen up. Once again as with every
record we have ever done, follow our instincts and just play what our hearts tell us to
Lars, do you plan on doing another tour for "LOAD" other than
After Lolla, we go overseas for the rest of the year but anybody who knows our
previous touring escapades will probably guess what happens next.
Can you give a hint to any of the other song names/subjects for
Don't tell anyone but...a couple of other song titles are..
"Cure"..."Until It Sleeps" and "King Nothing"
Why did you guys cut your hair?
To give you guys something to talk about and... for no other reason than I wanted
Lars, after all of the live material you guys have put out, is there any song from
your earlier records that you may play for the first time on tour this time around?
Good question. I think there will be and I already have one potential in mind, but I
can guarantee that there will be some surprises next time you see us live.
Lars, I'm 13, and all of my friends have been telling me that you guys are going
"alternative." PLEASE tell me that isn't true. I've got all your albums,
"Binge & Purge", etc. Thanks.
We are not going "anything", this is the 15th year of us doing what we have
always done and the only thing we know how to do, which is be Metallica.
Lars, Metallica obviously hasn't reached its peak yet, with every record doing better
than the last... what are your feelings on this?
Is that a question from Bob Rock? Aa with any record, my feelings are that this is the
best record we can make at this time, whatever happens... happens.
Lars Private Chat #1
Knowing your affection for Oasis will they be openers for Metallica in the fall and what
do you think of the band Bush?
I don't think Oasis would ever support Metallica and Bush are ok, they don't do much
for me, either negative or positive.
Did Jaymz' Pop's dying (my condolences) affect the record ?
I think there have been very subtle affects that have crept in some lyrics, but
generally from a time point of view, it didn't affect recording much too badly.
Not counting The Black Album, what songs haven't you played live?
We have never played "Dyer's Eve", "Escape" and I think that's
What brand of drumset did you have at a younger age?
Ludwig, 'cause I wanted the same drum kit as Ian Paice from Deep Purple.
Jason and the IR8 situation... how far did it almost go?
Anybody have Mike Inez's phone number?? 'Nuff said. nah, ....a couple of good round
table talks and everything got talked through.
Who do you want to see in the "special guests" slot on Lollapalooza? Did you
We definitely pushed for Soundgarden. The "special guest slots?"..... I have
heard some very cool names thrown around, some of which include.. but not confirmed; Tom
Waites.. Waylon Jennings...and I am also pushing hard Black Grape on the B stage and
I've heard that a cover of 'Def Lep's' "Wasted" has been recorded by you
guys...Is it on Load?
One word answer... no
Is it true that you are dating Courtney Love?
No, she dumped me for that half naked man on the cover of the new Rolling Stone.
What's your favorite Ramones album? How does it feel to be on the same bill with
The first one and "Leave Home"......right on!
JD L LK:
How do you feel about some of the "so called fans" saying that Metallica has
"sold out" or "gone mainstream"?
I believe that the real fans know the real story and that the mainstream came to
Have you ever considered working with engineer/producer Martin (Purple, Rainbow)
Hi Mark.. check's in the mail!! Definitely was interested in Birch in the early years
when he was making all those Iron Maiden records, but the relationship with Flemming
Rasmussen was too strong to break.
Was is hard for you and James to give Jason and Kirk more input on the song
Not at all, we have always picked the best material and who ever came up the idea is
Do you guys dislike Pantera? If so why? Support any death? Think Cliff would have a
custom bass if alive? Like his own line of basses?
No, I don't dislike Pantera...I don't know much about death music. I think Cliff would
probably have his own line of spliff basses.
I always have wanted to thank you, Lars, for tossing me a drum stick at a show in
Foxboro, Ma 9-11-92. Thanks a bunch. That show kicked ASS!!
You're welcome, but just know I had a personal relationship with that stick and I miss
What about a Metallica Club party, somewhere in the USA, for just jamming around,
maybe with guests, for charity and/or pay per view?
Maybe we can organize an album release party at my house and you're all invited! Nah,
on second thought, we are definitely lining up some scattered club gigs around the release
of the record for club members only. Watch this space!
Do You think MTV does more bad than good? I think its filled with a lot of mind
I think the 'Grind' is the best show on TV....my aim in life is to be the guest
How do you like doing on-line events? Any chance we'll see sneak previews of 'Load'
I like doing this on-line stuff and we are definitely considering to preview
Is 'Devil Dance' going to be on "Load"?... And any ballads?
'Devil's Dance' will not be on Load, it will be on album #7 with all the roughly 14
other songs that we have been working on for the last 6 months. I wouldn't use the word
ballad, but there is a fairly mellow song on 'Load'.
What is your favorite beer? Hard liquor?
The first one of evening, then the next one, the free one, the cold one and the one
from farthest away. I have been drinking a lot of Bombay Sapphire Gin lately.
Any idea's for the next Fan Can and when its due out?
Our plan is to have a Fan Can once a year, generally around Christmas to late
Many people say that Metallica saved their lives.I'm sure you've heard this more times
that you're heard the phrase "Sell out"..... does it still affect you?
Anytime anybody has something to say about Metallica it affects me, but when people
say that Metallica saved their lives, it blows our mind.
How do you feel about having been a band through 2 generations (80's - 90's) and
playing for 2 completely different sets of fans? You've gone from openers to headliners to
gods! How does this make you feel?
I am always so focused in the present that the past is not something I think alot
about, but when you point it out like you just did, of course it feels great!
Metallica is known for the cover tunes. What do we have to look forward to this time
We are just coming around to think of that right now, we are throwing ideas around and
we've got one or two pretty unusual ideas.
How has Kirk and Jason's influence affected "Load"? also any chance of you
guys playing any songs from album no#7 on the next tour?
We actually did talk about that and I tell you that there is a good shot that we
might! Most of Kirk's contributions have made the guitar riffs bluesier and
Is a Detroit date on your list for a club/release show? How will the shortened
Lollapalooza set affect your setlist choices?
No plans for Detroit....I just started thinking about the set list and I definitely
want to put together a really tight and "up" set.
Do you think mags like Rolling Stone will support Metallica this time?
I think Rolling Stone will blow a big wad when they hear this record! I just hope they
don't find out we are in NY!
Would you ever consider letting non-signed bands open up for you? I know of one that
you might just like. They're called Juvenocracy. Ask Devito about 'em.
Are they as good as Oasis?
JD L LK:
What was your first reaction to being asked to play at Lollapalooza, BTW, I agree
w/what you said about real fans and mainstream going to you. METALLICA RULZ!!!
I was initially very surprised but when I thought about it, it kind of made sense.. I
think Metallica is always about being the underdog and the outsiders, but in some perverse
way I think Metallica and Lollapalooza in 1996 fit together really well!
"Is my check really in the mail?" OR "Any info on the next "Year
& 1/2 in the life of..." video?
There were no camera's documenting the making of this record other than the stuff you
guys saw in the Fan Can, but we did take a camera crew with us on our Donington/Tuk trek
in August 1995 and there's a chance we might do something with that fairly soon.
Are you good friends with Sammy Hagar and haven't you gone to Cabo and jammed?
MET CLUB :
Sammy lives 10 minutes from me, we run into each other often and I did go down to Cabo
with Jerry and Mike from 'Alice In Chains' in October 1994 and got up to absolutely no
Answer honestly please:
who did you work better with? Cliff/Jason? Did Cliff have a girlfriend? What kind of
cigarettes did he smoke?
Honest answer.. Cliff and Jason were/are so polar opposites that it doesn't compare...
Cliff had one or two girlfriends in the years that I knew him; I think it was Marlboro and
some funny green ones with a different smell.
In the "Roam" tour book there is a picture of you "Bleeding For
Moscow" What happened?
During "Harvester" my finger got caught between the rim and the stick and
decided to bleed for the next 6 hours.
How come James hasn't done somersaults since the first tours? He's a clown!
What the hell are you talking about?? I have no idea!!
Would you ever do any shows with NIN? The two best live bands would crush.
I love NIN! We actually did play together at Woodstock ..remember? We tried to get
them play with us at Donington last year and maybe we'll do something one day.
In regard to your new symbol with the four M's - who's idea? Will the Scary Guy be
preserved? (I did the SG interview in So What) and why Bombay over Tanguery?
The four M symbol was James' idea and I am sure Scary Guy will pop up again soon! And
Bombay is stronger the Tanguery and it's easier to spell.
Ok.. thanks alot, it's been fun!!
see ya out there somewhere.
This private live chat with Lars was
held for members of The Metallica Club on April 8, 1996.
Lars Private Chat #2
Hello from Lars...
Lars, do you have a title for the song about 20 minutes into the fan can video, the
fast... one that goes "Out of your mind and into mine"?
It's called "Ain't my Bitch;" potential album opener.
Hey Lars! Thanx for the drumstick in Clarkston, MI. What's going on with side
projects, like the Thin Lizzy tribute album?
Right now everybody is 110% focused on Metallica, the side projects are in off time.
Obviously we are tied with Metallica for the next long while.
Lars, any more Lollapalooza dates available?
The Lollapalooza dates are not yet finalized, because the tour is trying to play some
different places than before. It's quite hard to find the right spots in certain areas and
there are also a couple of places where I understand that the tour has been denied
permits, so all the dates are still being dealt with and as soon as they are finalized you
can get details through the Metallica Club
In 'Master Of Puppets' & '...And Justice For All,' there was an overriding theme
that connected all songs on the LP. Is this something to be expected with Load, or the
upcoming 7th Album?
We've been getting into doing things less direct and more vague than before.. there
definitely isn't an overriding theme on the new record and most of the lyrics are much
more personal than they have ever been before.
What covers/B-sides are you guys working on this time around? How do you guys keep in
shape for those never ending tours and those long studio sessions?
The B-side issue is something we are just getting around to dealing with. Being on
tour keeps you in shape automatically by playing everyday, it's the down time that is the
Lars, you're the best!! I love your simple, groove-oriented style, but... is there
going to be more double-bass on the new album?
I got really bored with all the double bass stuff I was doing and needing some new
challenges. Trying to play simple, loose and bouncy was a lot harder than I initially
thought and I am still really into the challenge.
How old were you when you started playing and who do you think is the best drummer of
I was around 12... the two best drummers of all time for me are Ian Paice of 'Deep
Purple' for ability, and Phil Rudd of 'AC/DC' for groove and swing.
Lars what do you guys think about the comments about your new look?
I can actually understand that some people question it... but I can tell you from the
bottom of my heart that there are no reasons, other than the four of us, at various points
in the last year, getting bored with having long hair and decided to do something about
Will Metallica ever make another album that's fast like 'Kill 'em All,' 'Ride the
Lightning,' 'Master of Puppets' and 'Justice'?
We already made those records... why repeat ourselves? I learned to never say never...
so who knows in the future, but right now our hearts and souls are in a slightly different
Is there going to be any type of seating for Metallica Club members? Or are all
Lollapalooza's general admission? Lars, what are your thoughtson Perry Farrell's
You gotta remember Lollapalooza is not our tour and we are not trying to take it over
and control it.. we will do what we can for you guys and as far as I know now all
Lollapalooza dates are general admission. As far as Perry Farrell goes... I know he has
wanted out for a couple of years and if he wants to use Metallica as the scapegoat, I
don't give a s***!
What do you think about Detroit's Z-Rock holding an annual 36 hour
I think it's really cool, how about doing it weekly!?
I've heard rumor of you guys playing a "Grateful Dead" type tour, as far as
set lists go.. i.e. not playing the same show in a row... have you even thought about
We are definitely going to try and be loose with the set list than we have been
before, but you do come to a point where you realize that certain things work better than
others and you can't discard that.
Are you guys going to do another Day On the Green or any other concerts to open up the
tour, preferably Oakland?
We are going to do some scattered club dates for Metallica club members only in June
in the states and we are going to play a big festival in Copenhagen Denmark June 15th...
then off to Lollapalooza!
Hey Lars! Are you (Metallica) planning on expanding your music video production into
more creative endeavors rather than performance clips?
We are dealing with that right now, some of the people we are talking to are
definitely of a different mind set than the people we have used before, believe me!
Will 'Load' (and the singles) be available on vinyl? Any thoughtson having a CD-Rom
I know the album will be available on vinyl as a double album..not sure about the
singles. I don't know s*** about CD-Rom.... ask Kirk!
Hey Lars, very big fan, I choose your playin' style over other drummers! Anyhow... the
question is, has a fan ever come up to you and openly told you that you guys disappointed
him in any way? And if so, do you ever think about that over night?
Anybody who tells you that they don't care about what people think is lying... but
everybody has different ways of dealing with it... and yes, people have come and told us
things like that.. but the positive outweighs the negative about 100 to 1.
Where do you get inspiration for song writing?
Just listening to any music that gets you off in general... it's impossible to
pinpoint much beyond that.
Lars, do you check the Metallica message boards here on AOL, and if so what do you
think of them?
I check them from time to time, mostly in cycles...like I'll check everyday for a week
and then not for a couple of weeks it's pretty fun, but sometimes it's kind of distracting
to have people give you their opinions on something you are still working on and not even
done with yet.
Look forward to see all you guys this summer! Let's have some fun on Lollapalooza! See
This private live chat with Lars was
held for members of The Metallica Club on April 8, 1996.