Metallica's Lars Ulrich outs himself as Oasis fan and describes them as 'the soundtrack to his life'

The drummer began a 'long relationship' with the band in the early Nineties

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich has revealed himself an unlikely Oasis lover, describing the Britpop band as “the soundtrack to [his] life for the last 20 years”.

The drummer, 50, spoke about the “huge impact” the group has had on him since he first heard their track “Supersonic”.

Shortly afterwards, he read an Oasis interview littered with swear words. Sold by their “not giving a fuck” attitude, a “long and very rewarding relationship” was born.

“I have stories and pictures in my mind that go along with everything, from the first time I heard particular songs and read certain articles, to hearing about the band’s shenanigans and festivities,” he wrote in a Guardian blog.

“[Oasis’] sound, approach and way of looking at the world has had a huge impact on me and helped shape who I am today.”


Ulrich also paid tribute to the cultural phenomenon the band became in the Nineties as they “cut across all shapes, sizes, boundaries and classes”.

“Everybody knew Oasis and in some way were impacted by them” he continued. “And if they didn’t love them, it was often the polarising opposite. But most importantly, nobody didn’t care. Everyone had an opinion. Nobody ignored them. No one.”

Ulrich shared an anecdote in which he met Oasis at one of their 1994 club gigs, a “Godforsaken hole in the wall” in New Jersey. The band were lacking a lighting technician and, as Ulrich was “the only one in the building that knew the songs”, he stepped in to help.

Earlier this year, Ulrich said that he was inspired to stop taking cocaine after reading an interview with Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher.

His revelations coincide with the reissue of Oasis’ classic 1995 album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory this week.

Ulrich enjoys some other, far more guilty pleasures too. Last year, Ulrich outed himself as a ‘Belieber’, after Justin Bieber was seen air-guitaring to Metallica’s “Fade to Black” solo.