METALLICA Drummer Attends SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY Music Director's Birthday Gala

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was one of the attendees at San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas' star-studded 60th birthday gala celebration, "Celebrity Salute to MTT", Thursday night (Jan. 13) at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"It was hysterical to see two Symphony musicians in white tie call out, 'Hey, dude,' to Lars," said Tosca Cafe owner Jeannette Etheredge of Ulrich, who was reportedly her "date" for the evening.

For some, the idea of the metalhead drummer hanging with the orchestral oracle seems, well, curious. But after METALLICA's 1999 collaboration and performances with the Symphony, the shared language of music crossed boundaries, leading to respect and friendship.

"For MTT [Michael Tilson Thomas], music is not a discipline — it's a passion. And that passion is rooted in a love of music which creates an openness to any kind of music and a curiosity of the world," Ulrich said. "When MTT calls and says, 'Come next Thursday,' I don't even question it. If the performance is special to him, I just go. And I always walk away enriched."

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