Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has spoken out about his love of Oasis, saying that the band “has been the soundtrack to my life for the last 20 years”.
The Manchester band, who split in 2009, today (September 29) released a Deluxe Edition of their 1995 album ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’. Speaking to The Guardian, Ulrich commented: “Oasis has been the soundtrack to my life for the last 20 years on this wonderful planet. 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 added that one of his favourite early encounters with the group was in 1994 at a small venue in “Nowheresville, New Jersey” where he had to step in and man the lights. “They didn’t have a crew guy to run the light board, and I was the only one in the building that knew the songs…”.
This isn’t the first time Ulrich has sung the praises of Oasis, saying this summer that reading an interview in which Noel Gallagher talked about quitting drugs is what made him give up taking cocaine.
Ulrich said in the interview with The Mirror he was using cocaine up to around ten years ago but, when reading about Gallagher’s own experiences with the drug, decided he wanted to stop. “I loved the social elements of cocaine. I loved the danger of it,” he said. “Then, about 10 years ago, I read an interview with Noel Gallagher, in which he said, ‘I just stopped doing cocaine’. I thought that was really cool. It felt so fresh, so honest, so pure – I love that side of him. I’ve never had an addictive personality, so I woke up one day and said, ‘Enough’.”
Metallica followed in the footsteps of Oasis when they headlined Glastonbury festival in June. Ulrich and Gallagher were spotted backstage together and even posed for a picture with Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper.