Turns out music runs in the Ulrich family. Metallica's Lars Ulrich recently appeared on one of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff's fireside chats, and in lieu of him performing a song at the conclusion of the interview — as Benioff's musical guests generally do — the drummer instead offered up the spot to his two sons, Myles, 21, and Layne, 18, who were home from NYU due to the COVID-19 shutdown. What they delivered surprised even their dad.
"It was like this insane, three-minute Blue Cheer, crazy, garage-rock version of 'Eleanor Rigby,'" Lars recalled to Rolling Stone of first seeing his kids' creation in the family's home jam room. "Obviously, there's been some incredible versions of 'Eleanor Rigby' along the way, but I'm pretty sure there's never been one that had this kind of sound, this kind of feel, this kind of energy and madness to it. I was like, 'You know what, boys? You done me proud.'" Watch below.
Myles throws down on drums in the video, but is also versed in clarinet and guitar, while Layne is seen on bass but plays guitar, as well. "Kids in their generation are multi-instrumental," Ulrich commented. "In every room of the house, we have acoustic guitars and basses lying around, so you can always pick up a guitar and jam. It's great to have a guitar in the kitchen or family room."
According to the drummer, his sons are big fans of Radiohead and Artic Monkeys, as well as being very into noise-rock and "punkier stuff." As to whether or not they dig Metallica, Ulrich admitted to Rolling Stone: "I don't know if 'fans' is the first word I'd use. But I think they respect it. They're appreciative. … I think they're fans enough, I would say."