Lars Ulrich on Chris Cornell Tribute: Hopefully It Will Start a Conversation About Depression


Story by Charles Ken, photo by Ken Settle

Hopefully it will “resolve or start having some public conversation about depression,” Lars Ulrich says about this week’s Chris Cornell tribute show

The metal men of Metallica performed at last week’s special tribute concert in honor of Chris Cornell in Los Angeles, and drummer Lars Ulrich has opened up about his take on the special concert.

“It’s a chance to get together and maybe for some people get a little bit of [resolution] and have a moment that celebrates primarily the music, the creative side,” Ulrich said in an interview with Forbes. “And [the fact that] all the different people from [Cornell’s] whole close to 30-year musical journey will be there to celebrate and acknowledge and share is really cool.”

In addition to Metallica, the show featured performances from a crop of other metal and hard rock acts, including Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen, Miley Cyrus and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, to name a few.

“I’m sure there are gonna be some Kodak moments and some pretty special things that will come out of the whole thing organically,’ Ulrich said. “I look forward, as a fan, more than anything to be part of the night.”

More than anything, Ulrich also hopes that the concert will be the spotlight on mental health issues and help people dealing with those issues feel more comfortable sharing their stories.

“Hopefully, it’ll bring another step and maybe some resolve or start having some public conversation about depression and what this disease does to people and how it affects so many more people amongst us than what we really think,” Ulrich said.

He added, “And how we’re probably always much closer to people that are struggling with this on a day to day basis than we truly understand.”



Posted by Charles Ken | Metal, Music, Rock News

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