Mike Portnoy Defends Metallica's Lars Ulrich
But Portnoy insists he'd rather watch Ulrich entertaining the crowd instead of a technical wizard any day of the week. He tells Sticks For Stones: "I don't judge drummers based on their technical ability - I judge them based on the overall package and what they bring to the music they're part of.
"What Lars brings to the music of Metallica is absolutely invaluable. So I could care less if his meter might be slightly up and down, or if his fills are slightly sloppy. I don't care about that. There's way more to being a good drummer than precision and technique."
He continues: "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Lars, even though he takes a beating in the drum community. He's been a tremendous asset to Metallica, not only as a writer, but as a businessman, his abilities to market things, his ability to arrange music and his performance on stage He's a very animated player on stage." Watch the full interview here.
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