Metallica's Lars Ulrich says Noel Gallagher inspired him to quit cocaine

An interview given by former Oasis member made drummer give up taking drugs

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says reading an interview in which Noel Gallagher talked about quitting drugs is what made him give up taking cocaine.

Ulrich says in the interview with The Mirror that 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'."

In fact, Ulrich says he only began taking cocaine in order to be able to drink more with his bandmates. "In the early days, I'd always get drunk way faster than the other guys," said Ulrich. "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."

Metallica followed in the footsteps of Gallagher's former band 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.

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