Thursday 27 November 2014

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich: Noel Gallagher helped me give up cocaine

The Oasis guitarist’s profound, expletive-peppered words on the subject inspired the metal musician to seek help

Jan Selby

Published 24/07/2014 | 16:31

Musician Lars Ulrich of Metallica (L) and model Jessica Miller
Musician Lars Ulrich of Metallica (L) and model Jessica Miller
Noel Gallagher singer and Manchester City fan shows off the captains' arm band, given to him by Vincent Kompany, as he celebrates winning the English Premier League trophy following their soccer match against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER ENTERTAINMENT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR "LIVE" SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich claims he owes more to the Oasis guitarist – whose band he mocked ahead of their much contested headlining appearance at the festival – than an opportune Instagram snap.

For it was Noel Gallagher’s wise and expletive-littered words in an interview published 10 years ago that persuaded him to kick his life-debilitating cocaine habit.

"I loved the social elements of cocaine. I loved the danger of it," The Mirror quotes Ulrich as saying.

"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'."

The reason he developed the habit in the first place? The Danish musician was simply trying to keep up with his bandmate’s excessive drinking.

"In the early days, I'd always get drunk way faster than the other guys," he said. "I realised that if there was a little bit of cocaine involved I could stay up longer, instead of ending up face down in the corner, passed out three hours before the party ended."

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