Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: ‘I’d love to drum in Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’

The drummer also tells NME about the documentary 'Mission To Lars'

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has said that he would love to play in Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The sticksman, whose band will be touring Europe this summer playing their 1991 self-titled album, commonly known as ‘The Black Album’, from start to finish, told NME that he would love to get behind the kit for the former Oasis man.

Asked if he would like to play as part of the High Flying Birds, Ulrich said: “I’m hard pressed to think of anyone I would rather drum with than Noel Gallagher. I have to say the fellow with the Clockwork Orange get up at the back is doing a stellar job, when I saw them in LA in December it was fabulous. You know, if Noel and the other 37,000 drummers on this planet turn him down I’ll certainly play with him.”

Ulrich went on to say he reckoned he could do a solid job for the High Flying Birds. He added: “I’m certainly not sure he’d ever want to pick me, but I’d put together a pretty solid groove thing back there. I’d make the songs bounce to the best of my ability. Although I’m not sure he’d take me quite seriously.”

The drummer also spoke about Mission To Lars, a new documentary film which follows Metallica fan Tom Spicer as he tries to meet Ulrich, who is his musical hero.

Spicer, who has the autism-like Fragile X Syndrome, and his journalist sister Kate and filmmaker brother William, go on a quest to track down Ulrich in the movie. Tom’s siblings take him from his care home in Exmouth and together the family visit Los Angeles and Las Vegas in order to try and meet Metallica.

Speaking about the film, Ulrich said: I thought it was deeply moving. I haven’t seen the whole thing, but I saw a rough cut last summer. Meeting Tom, meeting Kate, when they came out to film it was an experience in itself. But seeing the film last year and reconnecting with the whole team was another experience.”

He continued: “It’s not something we’re directly involved in, it’s their film, their journey, but we’re supportive of their endeavour. We don’t want to take it over and have it turn into some kind of vanity project. It’s a great testament into a world I didn’t know much about, and a great testament to the importance of music and what it means to different people.”

Metallica will play a headline slot at this summer’s Download Festival as well as a series of other large European shows.