August 24, 2017

Lars Ulrich was featured in a recent installment of The Wall Street Journal's "My Tech Essentials" in which the METALLICA drummer talked about his devotion to Apple products and the blistering speed of evolution when it comes to tennis-racket technology, among other topics.

He said: "My favorite app is Flight Radar 24, which is sort of live air traffic. You can see anywhere in the world how many airplanes are airborne, where they're flying to, where they're from, where they're going, what altitude they're at. I drink tea, get cracked out on caffeine and sit and watch. If you look over central Florida, there's a UA 234 from San Francisco to Orlando and it's got 12 minutes left. It's at 8,800 feet going 331 miles an hour. It's a Boeing737. The tail number is N12218. It may have something to do with my compulsive, crazy energy."

Ulrich also doubled down on his claim that one of the biggest misconceptions people have about METALLICA is that the band doesn't care about technology. He told The Wall Street Journal: "I travel with several iPod Classics. I'm a big believer in both Apple Music and Spotify and use both, but my iPod Classics have my whole music library on them, and ten percent of the time, I listen to stuff that's not available on the streaming services. I took one out yesterday because my wife and I were listening to some old BUDGIE songs and she wanted to hear 'Crash Course in Brain Surgery', from the album 'In For The Kill!' and that was not on Apple Music."

He continued: "I'm an Apple addict. I'd say that my family owns north of thirty Apple products. One product that's not Apple: the Panasonic KX-T7633-B, a landline telephone. I like a landline phone at home. It probably has to do with the fact that I live on a hill and have shitty cell service."

The first European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicks off on September 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out last November.

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