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Born: December 26, 1963
in Gentofte, Denmark
Genre: Heavy metal
Years active: 1981 - present
Lars Ulrich (born December 26, 1963) is the drummer and co-founder of Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to a middle-upper class family. A tennis prodigy in his youth, Ulrich moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of seventeen, to pursue his training. After publishing an advertisement in a local Los Angeles newspaper, called The Recycler, he met James Hetfield and created Metallica.
Lars' father, Torben Ulrich, who was an acclaimed tennis pro from the late 1940s into the early 1980s, was also a musician, playing jazz with such giants as Stan Getz and Miles Davis; another jazz legend, Dexter Gordon, was Ulrich's godfather. He had a jazz club in which Ulrich spent a lot of time as a child. In February of 1973, Torben Ulrich obtained five passes for five of his friends to a Deep Purple concert that was being held in the same Copenhagen stadium as one of his tournaments. When it was discovered that one of the friends could not go, their ticket was handed over to the nine year-old Ulrich. The young Ulrich found himself mesmerized by the performance, buying the band's Fireball album the very next day. The concert and the album had a considerable impact on Ulrich, inspiring his entrance into the world of rock and roll and later on, heavy metal. As a result of his new found interest in music, he received his first drum kit at the age of thirteen, a Ludwig.
In 1981, Lars met James Hetfield in Downey, California and formed the thrash metal band Metallica. Ulrich's early work with Metallica led him to be dubbed as one of the thrash metal scene's drumming greats. He became known for his fast thrash drum beats featuring on many of Metallica's early songs, in particular during 'Dyers Eve' (...And Justice For All) and Battery (Master of Puppets). He has since been considerably influential due to both the popularity of his band and his pioneering drum techniques and styles such as the machine-gun double bass in the song 'One' (...And Justice For All) and the pounding opening of 'Enter Sandman' (Metallica). And during the end of For Whom the Bell Tolls (when played live), he stands up over his kit and plays the outro. This can be seen on their live DVD's Cunning Stunts and S&M.
However, in 2000, Ulrich would face moderate public backlash when he was one of the first artists to take direct action against Napster. In 2001 he gave a testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee after Metallica's entire catalogue was found to be freely available for download on the service. Despite mass outcry from Napster users, none were ever sued for copyright infringement, and the case was settled out-of-court.
In March 2004 Ulrich separated from Skylar Satenstein (an emergency medicine physician), to whom he was previously married for seven years and had two sons, Myles (b. August 5, 199 and Layne (b. May 6, 2001).
Ulrich is currently dating the Danish actress Connie Nielsen.
Ulrich is an endorsee of Tama drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads. He is rarely, if ever, seen without these brands onstage. He has, however, been known to use a mixture of brands when recording in the studio, including Ludwig drums and Sabian cymbals. Ulrich was an endorsee of Calato Regal Tip drumsticks, but changed to Easton Ahead in 1994.
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Born: August 3, 1963 in Downey, California
Genre: Heavy metal
Notable guitars: ESP Explorers, ESP "Truckster" Signature model, ESP "Grynch" Signature model
Years active: 1981 - present
Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963, in Downey, Los Angeles County, California. His childhood was difficult in many ways. His father, Virgil Hetfield (a truck driver) and mother, Cynthia (a light opera singer) were devout and strict adherents to Christian Science, and accordingly, much of his young life revolved around religion. In accordance with their beliefs, Hetfield's parents strongly disapproved of medicine or any medical help and remained vigilant in their faith even as his mother began to die of cancer. Her death, and his subsequently turbulent relationship with religion, are both recurring subjects which have been the focal point of some of Metallica's lyrics (the song "The God That Failed" is about Hetfield's mother and father and "Until It Sleeps" is about cancer, of which both of his parents died).
Hetfield was 9 years old when he took his first piano lessons, before taking on his brother David's drums and finally picking up a guitar in his pre-teens. Inspired by bands such as Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy, Hetfield formed his first band, Obsession, in his early teens. Composed of the Veloz brothers on bass and drums, Jim Arnold on guitar, and Hetfield providing lead vocals, the band spent plenty of time in the Veloz brothers' garage jamming, with Ron McGovney and Dave Marrs acting as roadies. Marrs and McGovney subsequently joined the band itself when the Veloz brothers quit.
It is common knowledge among heavy metal/thrash fans that the relationship between Hetfield and Dave Mustaine trod a thin line between partnership and derision during 1981-83, during which time Mustaine's famous rock and roll lifestyle sparked heated altercations between the two. One particular event that brought the conflict to the foreground involved Hetfield kicking Mustaine's dog and Mustaine punching Hetfield in response and throwing an all-out rage against his fellow bandmates (flipping Ron McGovney on the ground, breaking things, etc.). Eventually, Hetfield and Ulrich fired Mustaine due to his alcoholic tendencies and recruited lead guitarist Kirk Hammett from the band Exodus the same day. Mustaine was sent home on a 4-day bus journey – a journey that would end in the creation of the band Megadeth, Mustaine's speed metal challenge to Metallica's more thrashing sound.
When he is not writing, singing or playing, Hetfield enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, skateboarding, snowboarding (apparently "safer" than skateboarding where he was constantly injured), water and jet-skiing, sketching, working in his garage customising cars & motobikes, watching his favorite football team the Oakland Raiders, in addition to going to hot-rod shows. He also collects vintage guitars, (particularly those from 1963), and enjoys working on classic automobiles.
Gibson flying V
White Gibson Explorer with jump in the fire's artwork on it
Gibson Les Paul Custom with an iron cross at the bottom
Diezel VH4 and Mesa Boogie Traxis Preamps
Strategy 400 power amps
Roland Jazz Chorus 120 amp
TC electronic and Boss effects
Dunlop Custom Nylon Picks
Ernie Ball 'Power Slinky' Strings
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Born: November 18, 1962
From: San Francisco
Instrument: Guitar, background vocals
Vitals: Brown eyes, brown hair, 5'8"/1.75 meters tall
Kirk Hammett, never without a grin or a curious thought, is the true Bay Area band-member. Born in San Francisco, and raised in the East Bay town of El Sobrante, he gained an interest in music from his brother Rick's extensive record collection, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and UFO. It all led to him properly picking up the guitar when he was 15, his first being a wholly unglamorous Montgomery Ward catalog special accompanied by a shoe box with 4 inch speaker for an amp.
After picking up a 1978 Fender Stratocaster, Kirk experimented by mixing and matching guitar parts to find his perfect sound before falling for a 1974 Gibson Flying V. In a determined (and successful) effort to upgrade his equipment, Kirk even took a shift at Burger King to get the cash together for his first Marshall amp. Around that time, Kirk also co-founded Exodus with Paul Baloff, and the East Bay thrashers crossed paths with Metallica twice, in late '82 and early '83, as a support act.
In April 1983, Kirk received a phone call from Metallica in New York. They were in the process of firing guitarist Dave Mustaine and wanted Kirk to fly out and audition. Kirk got the money together for the flight, left California for the first time and arrived in the late afternoon to find three guys who were still waking up. Immediately he, and they, knew the fit was right despite the fact nobody ever formally invited him to join.
A keen student of his instrument even today, Hammett followed his first 'Kill 'Em All' tour by taking lessons from Joe Satriani, and embarked upon a passage of guitar self-education that took in jazz, blues and classical styles. Indeed, education has always been Kirk's answer to potential burnout. After the marathon 'Black' album tour ended in 1993, he immediately went to the City College of San Francisco where he took classes, something he credits as the reason behind his reinvention as a guitarist on the 'Load' and 'Re-load' albums.
Kirk continues to bring not only a dazzling array of lead guitar parts to Metallica's music but also some savage rifferey, having started sharing 6-string duties with James during the 'Load' era. He is happily married to Lani, and lives in San Francisco along with a large collection of old Hollywood movie memorabilia, his two dogs Darla and Hoku, plus cats.......Oh, and for the record, Kirk plays his guitar at least 361 days a year.
What he uses
Gibson Les Paul
Jackson Randy Rhodes Model
Esp Flying V
Mesa Boogie Tremoverb 2x12 Combo Amp
Mesa Boogie Triaxis Pre-Amp
Mesa Boogie Strategy 400 Stereo power Amp
Mesa Boogie 4x12 Speaker Cabinet
Mesa Boogie 2x12 Speaker Cabinet
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Amp
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