When people hear the name Lars Ulrich, they think of the über-talented musician with the double bass drums who’s been rocking audiences for over three decades with the band Metallica. True. But he’s also a veteran world traveler, avid art collector, fitness buff, dedicated parent, and film aficionado. He just happens to play in one of the most successful groups of all time. CL caught up with Lars as he prepares for another busy summer with the band.
Over the past couple of years we came up with this idea for a movie that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, not like the standard concert movie with the backstage footage. It’s shot in 3D, called Metallica Through the Never, and comes out August 9. It’s more of a straight-up concert film with a narrative that weaves through it. It’s a difficult thing to explain to people because they’ve never quite seen anything like it. There’s an incredibly great young actor named Dane DeHaan [Chronicle, Lawless, Lincoln] in it. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m really psyched for people to see this film.
Art is a part of who I am, and one of my favorite museums is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. It’s about 30 minutes outside of Copenhagen and is an absolute sanctuary. It’s set kind of half indoors and half outdoors with a lot of sculptures and Calders and Henry Moores out in these beautiful gardens.
Because we travel for a living, my favorite place in the world to be is at home in San Francisco. There’s also an oasis that I take the gang to for vacations in Montana, just outside of Bozeman; Yellowstone Club is my favorite place to ski on this whole planet.
I always travel with a little multisystem DVD player that plays sort of worldwide movies. A lot of times when you’re in foreign countries, people talk to you about this movie or that movie or a great avant garde movie that’s filmed in Korea or France or a new wave of Romanian cinema. If someone gives you a movie and you have a multisystem DVD player, then you can just pop it in and watch it.
Whenever I get to a city after a long flight I like to go for a run. There’s nothing greater after a 14-hour flight then to get to your hotel and do a quick run to get your legs going again and your blood flowing. Most cities, pretty much all cities in Europe, exist around a river, and you can always run along the river. That gives you a couple things: One, it gives you a great way to explore the heart of the city because the river is the heart of the city and two, it also gives you a flat run because rivers tend to be at very low elevations.