Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed that Noel Gallagher played a significant role in his decision to quit drugs.
In an interview with The Mirror, Ulrich said that he was using cocaine as recently as ten years ago, but, when reading about Noel Gallagher’s own experiences with the drug, he decided he wanted to stop.
‘I loved the social elements of cocaine. I loved the danger of it,’ he said. ‘Then, about ten years ago, I read an interview with Noel Gallagher, in which he said, ‘I just stopped doing cocaine.’ I thought that was really cool. It felt so fresh, so honest, so pure — I love that side of him. I’ve never had an addictive personality, so I woke up one day and said, ‘Enough’.’
Ulrich explained that he only began using cocaine in order to be able to drink more with his bandmates. ‘In the early days, I’d always get drunk way faster than the other guys. I realized that if there was a little bit of cocaine involved, I could stay up longer, instead of ending up face down in the corner, passed out three hours before the party ended.’
Ulrich was able to meet up with his good mate Gallagher during the summer when Metallica was headlining Glastonbury. The picture below, captured by Gallagher’s partner, Sara MacDonald, shows Ulrich, Gallagher, and actor Bradley Cooper enjoying a moment together.
In 2008, Gallagher famously posed the question: ‘Who wants to be a drug addict at 41?’ Endless partying during Oasis’ heyday became too much for him, and, in 1998, he had a life-changing revelation. When the band returned from a massive tour, Gallagher said, ‘I had a moment of clarity — I need a proper fuckin’ life.’
‘I thought I’d done it all. I’d come from that rehearsal room in Manchester, gone all the way from the bottom right to the top, had all the money in the world, massive house in the country, there was nothing left to do beside go and buy a jet airplane and crash it in the lake. That’s it. And I went to bed that night, and have never done cocaine since.’
While Gallagher found it surprisingly easy to give up cocaine, the challenge was changing the people in his life. ‘What was more difficult was leaving a circle of friends. The next part of the war is you can’t be surrounded by people who do [drugs] any more — initially, at least. I had to go for a long walk in the woods.’