THE KING'S SPEECH

IT WOULDN’T BE KERRISTMAS WITH­OUT A FEW WORDS FROM A ROYAL. SO, ALL RISE FOR LARS UL­RICH – ME­TAL­LICA DRUM­MER AND WOULD-BE KING OF DEN­MARK!

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“I HAVE A DAN­ISH CHRIST­MAS WITH A F**K-OFF TREE” LARS UL­RICH

DEAR KER­RANG! READ­ERS,

“This year, as ev­ery year, has been crazy-busy for Me­tal­lica.the cra­zi­est thing for me, the real mind­fuck of it all, is that even af­ter 35 years we seem to be busier than ever! But one of the shifts we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced in the band – a real shift, like when the [tec­tonic] plates shift – is that we now fit Me­tal­lica around our fam­ily sit­u­a­tions, rather than fit our fam­ily around the band.

“We all have very sim­i­lar fam­ily struc­tures to each other in Me­tal­lica, but Christ­mas in the Ul­rich house­hold is a Dan­ish Christ­mas.that means we cel­e­brate Christ­mas on the evening of the 24th.we have a big, fuck-off tree, which gets big­ger ev­ery year – it’s kinda crazy! Ev­ery year we sit there and say, ‘We should get a smaller one…’ and then they al­ways end up get­ting big­ger, for some rea­son.

“My dad lives very close to us in San Fran­cisco with his wife, so they come and get in­volved, as well. I’ve brought my kids up the Dan­ish way.they get to cel­e­brate Amer­i­can Christ­mas with their mom, but with me it’s Dan­ish Christ­mas, so they get the best of both worlds!

“To eat, it’s ei­ther duck or goose, and all kinds of pota­toes and greens.then we have a Dan­ish rice pud­ding, and in that rice pud­ding are chopped-up al­monds.you put a full al­mond in there, too – that’s a big tradition from when I was a kid.who­ever gets the por­tion with the whole al­mond in it gets the Al­mond Gift, which now is, like, a $10 itunes gift card or what­ever.then we open presents, and the tradition is that you do it as a big, com­mu­nal thing. I give some­one a present, and we’ll all sit around watch­ing them open it, then we talk about the present, then that per­son goes and gets a present and gives it to some­one else, and we watch them un­wrap that… It takes some­thing like three fuck­ing days to open all these fuck­ing presents, ’cause it’s a com­mu­nal shar­ing thing! That’s the thing in Den­mark – Christ­mas is a thing we all do to­gether, all of us equal.

“This year has been crazy, and 2017 will be, too! There’s a huge amount of stuff that goes into the Me­tal­lica ‘pot’ now – new mu­sic, tour­ing, fes­ti­vals, reis­sues, our own la­bel… We’ve got some re­ally cool things that I’m re­ally ex­cited for in 2017, and I hope to see you all then!”

LARS UL­RICH

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