Lars Ulrich reveals which rock bands aspired to Metallica. Metallica‘s drummer Lars Ulrich names their aspire to U2 band.
Metallica is one of the famous metal bands, also has long been revered as the known genre. But even the most influential thrash metal legends have their own idols to look up to.
During an interview with Bill Maher‘s Club Random podcast, the drummer of Metallica, Lars Ulrich, humbly acknowledged the influence of the legendary Irish rockers U2. It takes a true rock icon to show respect to their peers, and Ulrich’s nod of admiration to U2 only further solidifies Metallica’s position as one of the most respected bands in the history of heavy music.
In the world of rock ‘n’ roll, maintaining a cohesive band dynamic can be a real challenge. But during a recent chat with Bill Maher on his Club Random podcast, the illustrious Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich shed some light on a band that he believes has mastered the art of collaboration and longevity: U2.
In the midst of a discussion about the fragile nature of most bands, with Maher remarking that many are constantly on the brink of collapse, Ulrich was quick to single out the Irish rockers as an exception to the rule. He spoke admiringly of U2’s legendary camaraderie and their ability to maintain a strong musical partnership over the years, something that Ulrich believes is crucial for any band hoping to survive in the industry.
Lars Ulrich also praises for U2 is a testament to their enduring legacy and the respect they command among their peers:
“U2, I think if we were sitting here with a couple of guys from the Chili Peppers and a couple of guys from Muse and a couple of guys from other bands that are still getting on. We would all agree on one thing, which is that U2 is the ideal of being in a band that we all look up to. Because of the way they function. But they all more or less grew up on the same street and went to the same schools.
And they’ve all known each other and they have the same DNA running through their bodies. It’s also not true of a lot of bands, including the one you’re sitting here talking to a member of. I grew up in a very liberal artsy upbringing Copenhagen, Denmark. James Hetfield grew up in pretty much the opposite any of those words here in southern California in Fullerton. Do you know what I mean? Kirk Hammett grew up in the Mission district, also in a very liberal sort of post hippie upbringing.”
Lars Ulrich also adds how they worked for the Some Kind of Monster documentary movie:
“So I’m just saying U2 is sort of the pinnacle of what we all aspire to because of the fact that they can still function to the way that they do. But you brought up the Eagles, I mean there are more versions of the Eagles and everybody else, the Crosby Stills Nash and Youngs of the world, that just can’t do this and it’s easier for all of them to go and do the solo artist stuff.”
Recently, Ulrich also shared his favorite SOAD album of all time:
“The first System record came out and it obviously had a lot of attitude. It was a new kind of sound, and Rick was doing it. You could hear that the music came from different roots and different influences, and I didn’t know they were Armenian at that point; you could just hear different things.
And then when Toxicity came out, which was obviously the second record, when you heard ‘Chop Suey!’ that was just amazing.”
You can watch the whole interview below!