The main thing that influenced him was his passion for music. While rowing up in Generate, which was a town in eastern Denmark, Lars took in a number of different genres of music. He heard everything from rock and jazz music, to Indian music, different types of Asian music, Buddhist chants, and classical music. The reason that he heard all of this music was because of his father, Torrent Lurch, who not only played tennis, but was also a jazz musician, being able to play both the clarinet and saxophone.Even though being exposed to many types of music while growing up, the main type of music that Lars would come to know and love was different hard rock acts of he ass, with bands like Uriah Beep, Status Quo, and Deep purple.
Of all the rock bands Lars listened to, Deep Purple was his most favorite. Lars would be so ecstatic about them, that he would do anything to see them or even meet the band members. Lars remembered in an interview, ‘When was nine years old, it was all about Deep Purple. His fathers friend and fellow tennis player Ray Moore, had been given passes to one of Deep Purple’s shows, which was taking place at the same arena as one of his tennis tournaments. Lars said that it “blew his mind. ” (Mock Wall, Enter Night: A Biography of Metallic, Peg. 2.
) After that concert, all he could think about was Deep Purple. Lars remembers in an interview, “l would spend all my time sitting outside their hotel in Copenhagen, waiting for Ritchie Blackmore (guitarist for Deep Purple) to come out so I could follow him down the street. Later on, Lars would also be introduced to then less well-known bands liked Judas Priest, Thin Lezzy and OF. His dedication to music and wanting to form his own band would be increased when his grandmother bought him his first drum kit when he was thirteen. Mock Wall would ask him, because of his outgoing personality, why e chose drumming over being a frontal. Lars said, “Well, there’s just one problem. Couldn’t sing.
I mean, when I tried to sing in the shower it bothered me. And just always loved drumming. ” (Mock Wall, Enter Night: A Biography Of Metallic, peg. 4. ) Some more musical influences that Lars would be introduced would include NEWBORN (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) would be bands like Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, Deft Leopard, etc. So, with all of those musical influences and a passion for drumming, Lars put an ad in a local music free-sheet called The Recycle. That ad would state, ” Drummer cooking for other metal musicians to jam with.
Tigers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden. Lars had gotten a call from a man named Hugh Tanner who had seen his ad in the paper, and told him he had found another musician.Lars said, “l got this call from this guy named Hugh Tanner who had seen my ad and he came down and we had a jam, and he brought this guy James Hatfield along… ” James was from Los Angels, CA, and the first meeting did not go well. The first song they had tried playing was “Hit the Lights” James remembers, “Lars had one cymbal that kept falling over.
We had to stop while he fixed it. (Mock Wall, Enter Night: A Biography of Metallic, peg. 27. ) Lars and James had very different upbringings. Whereas Lars had grown up in a very wealthy family, being that his father was a tennis player and a musician, James grew up in a broken family.His father had left him when he was thirteen, and his mother had died of cancer when he was 17. The only thing that Lars and James had in common at the time was their musical influences and passion for music.
While growing up, James had been introduced to hard rock and heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple, which he was introduced to through his older rooters’ record collection. James and his friend Hugh Tanner had formed a band in high school called Phantom Lord, with another fellow schoolmate, Ron McGovern, who would later on play bass for Metallic.This group would not last long, mainly beaches of Hugh Tanner leaving the group. After he left, James and Ron put an ad in the paper looking for a guitarist. Troy James would be the person to answer that ad, and they would form a group called Leather Charm. But, yet again, the band would fall apart, being that Troy James had quit. Not wanting to see James and Ron so upset, Hugh found an ad that Lars had put in the paper, and even though Lars’ and James’ first meeting would not go well, they would eventually come to like each other.
Lars was very determined to form a band with James.So, even though he knew that James was not very fond of working with him, Lars took a different alternative. Lars thought that just being able to listen to records together would work. So, when James first visited Lars at his home, his attitude towards Lars had changed. James said, “l would spend days just going through Lars’ record collection. He introduced me to a lot of different music. ” (Mock Wall, Enter Night: A Biography of Metallic, Peg.
45. Later on, Lars called James up because it seemed that he was into the same type of music as Lars was.Now that Lars and James had gotten together, being that Lars was a drummer and James was able to sing and play guitar, they felt all they needed was a bass player. James had suggested Ron McGovern. Ron and Lars’ first meeting would go well Hoover. Ron would later say to Bob Millenarian, “He couldn’t keep a beat, and compared to Jim Mulligan (Leather Charm drummer), he just couldn’t play. ” (Mock Wall, Enter Night: A Biography of Metallic, Peg.
47. ) Lars and Ron would eventually begin to get along, as the sessions would get better. After some time, Lars, James and Ron would put together a band.Their discovery of the name Metallic had been put together. Lars and James, Hoover, would not be the ones to claim coming up with the name. The name would come from a friend of Lars whom he met through the tape-trading scene, and that man’s name was Ron Quintal. Eventually, Lars was able to finally put his group’s name on the map.
An old friend of his, Brian Silage, who would come to found Metal Blade Records, was putting together a compilation album of different heavy metal bands that no one had ever heard of, which was to be called Metal Massacre. When Lars eared that he was doing this, he got into contact with him almost immediately.