Mike Portnoy Defends Metallica's Lars Ulrich

(Classic Rock) Mike Portnoy says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's stage presence more than makes up for any perceived lack of technical expertise. The former Dream Theater and current Winery Dogs drummer is widely regarded as one of the best in the business, while Metallica's sticksman has taken flak in the past for his level of skill behind the kit.

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.

Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission.

Metallica Music, DVDs, Books and more

Metallica T-shirts and Posters

More Metallica News

Share this article

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

Related Stories

Metallica To Rock The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Metallica Rock 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' For BlizzCon

Metallica Make Chart History With Vinyl Reissues

Metallica Rock TV For Super Bowl Special

Metallica To Rock TV Super Bowl Special

Metallica's New Album Progress Very Slow Says Lars

B-Sides: The Dead Daisies Reunite With Ozzy Drummer, Bob Rock Sells Metallica Rights, David Lee Roth and more

Pantera Classic Given A Metallica Makeover

Metallica Meets Huey Lewis For 'Hip to Be the Sandman'

Metallica And Anthrax Pay Tribute To Megaforce Cofounder Marsha Zazula