I am Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica. Our band has been around for over 30 years and the movie we made in 2012, "Metallica Through The Never," just came out on DVD. We're going to do what we love best and hit the road on tour in Latin America and Europe this Spring and Summer, where we will be playing an all request set list each night. Go for it and ask me anything!

Metallica Through The Never - http://www.throughthenevermovie.com

My Proof: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151890021595264&set=a.10150204649640264.311112.10212595263&type=1&theater

UPDATE: I'll answer a couple more questions and then our time's up (I'm told).

UPDATE: I gotta run - afternoon school pickup grind is commencing. Let's all meet around the keyboard again soon! Thanks to everyone for being a part of this. L

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Stormbehemoth1440 karma

Why the hell didn't you guys play Trapped Under Ice during your Antarctica show?

RealLarsUlrich1482 karma

We forgot! We talked about it the week before but in all the momentary excitement, we literally forgot.

FatTonyWilliam499 karma

What's your favorite Megadeth song?

RealLarsUlrich585 karma

"My Last Words"

Mystra463 karma

Hey Lars, After all these years, how do you feel about Dave Mustaine? ?

RealLarsUlrich708 karma

It hasn't changed. I respect him as a musician and I will always love him as a brother and as a part of Metallica.

bfunley432 karma

Lars, what was the significance of the stuffed animal you used to have on your kit in the early days? Reference pic http://imgur.com/Kt3DcZ9

RealLarsUlrich570 karma

Flemming, my drum roadie, put it there one day. And it stayed on there til one day he took it off.

therestaretaken365 karma

Do you think Hetfield could kill a bear with his bare hands?

RealLarsUlrich692 karma

I think he already has.

cidbruno351 karma

who pushed the hair to the back of your head?

RealLarsUlrich640 karma

My mom and dad and my DNA.

sharktallica305 karma

Hey Lars! I’m HUGE FAN of Metallica. I’ve been trying for over almost 20 years to meet Metallica just to say THANK YOU for your incredible music. It has inspired my love for heavy metal music and to play guitar. My questions for you are: What do you think of the state of heavy metal today? Do you think we will ever see another HUGE metal act the likes of Metallica/Maiden/Priest and such? Do you think metal will ever make a resurgence to the glory days of the 80’s? Thanks for doing this AMA.

RealLarsUlrich539 karma

That's a great question. I think it would be so awesome if there was a band that come along and shook it all up again. I just don't know who. I think the coolest band for me in the last couple years is Baroness. I also love Norwegian band Kvelertak. But I just don't know if any of these bands can take it to those heights unfortunately.

bartlovepuch253 karma

What is the most metal thing you've ever done?

RealLarsUlrich624 karma

Pick my nose.

freeman528491232 karma

Favorite beer?

RealLarsUlrich579 karma

Tuborg or Carlsberg

Ramautso228 karma

Did you ever talk to AC/DC during the '91 Monsters of Rock headline at Donington? If so, what was Brian and Angus like?

RealLarsUlrich386 karma

Yes I did. They're super nice. Very chill. Easy going. Quiet. Low key. Over the course of the tour, I would get invited back to the dressing room after the show to have tea with Angus. It was very cool.

NoReasonImages219 karma

Why did you guys cut your hair back in 1996? I felt not only your image changed but so did your music. Was this the point or part of marketing?

RealLarsUlrich402 karma

It had nothing to do with marketing whatsoever. It was 5 years between the Black Album and Load and in that timespan the members of Metallica at various points decided individually to trim their hair length. It stunned us to the point of disbelief that people actually gave a shit about our hair when the record came out. But it was nothing to do with image or marketing or any of that nonsense.

WhatSheOrder174 karma

What is it like to still be performing after all these years?

RealLarsUlrich252 karma

It's great to still be performing after all these years. We work hard to stay in good shape. As long as we're healthy, it's very invigorating.

bestfomert137 karma

Will you guys release a new album? What do you think of Death Magnetic?

RealLarsUlrich295 karma

We will definitely release a new album. We'll start working on it as soon as I'm done with this AMA! Death Magnetic is the album of ours that has latest the longest for me in a positive way.

Monkeyonfire1386 karma

What up man!

RealLarsUlrich170 karma

You tell me!

zeraxify82 karma

Hej Lars! Big fan here, can’t fucking wait to see you guys again in Finland and Sweden this may. The Big 4 show in Gothenburg was insane. I don’t have overly complicated questions, just a few simple ones!

I’m just curious where you can see Metallica go next. After Through the Never, playing Antarctica and rocking the Grammys with Lang Lang, other than recording the new album (which I can’t fucking wait for!), what can you see being next in store for Metallica?

I was also wondering about the Metallicabyrequest.com initiative, I loved to vote so I’d like to know if you could only choose one song from the setlist to play, what would it be? I think I’d choose Fixxxer.

And finally, now that you have the rights to your own music, are you considering remastering some of the earlier albums? Thanks!


I made this graphic for tumblr (a blogging platform) when you turned 50 chronicling a great 2013 for you and Metallica, and they all loved it on there, so happy late birthday! http://imgur.com/iVVE2ar

RealLarsUlrich205 karma

Yes, we are considering remastering some of the early records.

RealLarsUlrich179 karma

If I could only choose one song, I'd probably choose "Frayed Ends".

Puckbandit3510 karma

Hello Lars, I have a few questions if that’s ok..

  1. Will we ever see a NA tour with the TTN stage? I want to see that beast live.

  2. Have you guys started on the new album yet? If so, how is it coming along?

  3. Last year you did a Metallica night at the SF Giants game. Any chance of Metallica ever doing this at a Sharks game? The Sharks skate out on to the ice to Seek and Destroy, only thing more awesome then that would be to have you guys there playing it.

  4. You have made 10 studio albums, a concert with a symphony, you did the Big 4 shows, a documentary and a 3D movie, what is the next big thing?

  5. “Am I the only one here that thinks Metallica should come back to Fresno a little more often than every 4 fucking years?” It’s been just over 5 years since then Lars, still waiting…

  6. Not a question but just wanted to tell you thank you. I have seen you in Fresno 03 and 08, opening for the Rolling Stones in 05, the Bridge School Benefit show in 07, the Marin show in 09, the Shark Tank in 09 and the Big 4 show in Indio. Everyone one of them has been fucking awesome

RealLarsUlrich15 karma

2. Yes we have started. Coming along slowly, like everything in our world. But the jams we've done so far have been super exciting and it's gonna be fun putting this record together in the next year.

RealLarsUlrich4 karma

I would love to tour NA with the TNN stage - that would be super cool. I don't know if it's imminent, but it's certainly part of our long range plans.

RealLarsUlrich3 karma

  1. Tell them to call us! We have been solid supporters of the Bay Area's own Sharks for 20 years, and have always voiced our love and support for them at every opportune moment.