Metallica’s Lars Ulrich downloaded ‘Death Magnetic’ illegally

Drummer says he just wanted to 'try it'

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who led his band’s lawsuit against music file-sharing site Napster in 2000, has admitted that he illegally downloaded his band’s recent album ‘Death Magnetic’.

Ulrich told VH1 that he downloaded the album illegally a few days after it leaked online, in September last year. He did not reveal which file-sharing service he used.

“I sat there myself and downloaded ‘Death Magnetic’ from the internet just to try it,” he explained. “I was like, ‘Wow, this is how it works.’ I figured if there is anybody that has a right to download ‘Death Magnetic’ for free, it’s me.”

“We found it, this was, like, two or three days after it leaked. I was like, ‘You know what? I’ve gotta try this.’ We sat there and 30 minutes later I had ‘Death Magnetic’ in my computer. It was kind of bizarre.”