Lars Ulrich talks cocaine, Oasis and Megadeth

"No, no, no, no, I don't (sniff) no more"
"No, no, no, no, I don't (sniff) no more"

Lars Ulrich is a big Oasis fan. Huge, in fact. So much so that he credits Noel Gallagher with getting him to kick cocaine a few years back.

"A couple of years ago I was like, 'You know? Enough of this. I don't need it,'" Ulrich said in a recent interview. "It was literally something that happened one morning, like 'Y'know? Fuck that.' I was very impressed with Noel. I'm an Oasis fanatic, and Noel was like [adopts British tone] 'You know what? No more cocaine!' And I thought, 'If he can do it, everybody else can do it.'"

He added: "I had my fun with it, it was always more of a social thing, We were never like rolling around and spending days in bathroom stalls, and peeking out the keyholes of doors for days."

On Dave Mustaine

In the same interview, Ulrich discussed his strained relationship with one-time Metallica member and now Megadeth man, Dave Mustaine.

"We did the movie [Some Kind Of Monster, 2005], and as has been well documented, he was not pleased with what came in the movie and what came in the wake of it, and since then we haven't spoken. I'm sure we'll cross paths one day, and usually when we cross paths it's all OK.

"There's the public relationship and there's the private relationship. People say, 'Kerry King and Metallica - whoo!', but whenever I see Kerry King we hug, we laugh, we talk, we embrace.

"I haven't seen Dave since I filmed that scene in the movie, and I'm sure I'll see him again and maybe it won't be the same - but when did he leave the band, 24 years ago, 25 years ago? Every time I've seen him since then, it's always been 'Hey, how are you doing? What's going on?' and then there's the shit-talking thing in the press, and then I see him three years later and it's fine again."

"Dave Mustaine has never played on a Metallica record, he was in the band for 10 months, 25 years ago! And still Metallica is such a prominent part of his existence. That's just mind-blowing."

Ulrich continued: "I don't have a problem with him as much as I think he has a problem with me. I've always quite liked the guy. It has a tendency to depend on which mood he's in.

"If he's in happy-go-lucky mood, then it's 'Lars is OK, ha ha, the little Danish guy, we used to dig holes in the earth and smoke bongs' or whatever, and if he's in a particular type of mood then it's 'Lars is a fuckin' asshole.' I can't control that, so when people say to me in an interview, 'Dave Mustaine says this and that and that'… I can take on anybody in verbal diarrhoea match, but I don't feel the need to.

"I keep coming back to the statistics, which are interesting: he's never played on a Metallica record, he was in the band for 10 months, 25 years ago! That's an amazing statistic when you think about it, and still Metallica is such a prominent part of his existence. That's just mind-blowing, because he has made some of the best heavy metal records of all time. It blows my mind."

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.