Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Meets Heavy Metal Fan With Autism in Heartwarming Video
Ahead of Metallica's second annual day of service backed by the band's charitable arm All Within My Hands, a touching clip of drummer Lars Ulrich spending time backstage with a fan with autism, Tom, has appeared online.
It's taken from the 2012 documentary Mission to Lars, a film that tracks heavy metal diehard Tom Spicer's journey to meet his favorite drummer. Spicer has Fragile X syndrome, a sort of autism or learning disability loosely defined as a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental problems.
The video excerpt, captured during the band's arena tour following Death Magnetic, shows the Metallica fan's wishes come true as he's immersed in the musician's world, rubbing elbows with other players such as Kerry King.
"See that guy, he plays in a band called Slayer," Ulrich directs Spicer's attention to the guitarist at one point in the short section of the film. "This is Tom, he came all the way from England to see Metallica."
Below, watch the Mission to Lars clip that was recently re-shared on YouTube, the moving segment serving to remind all of us that music's communicative power can go along way in bringing people together.
AWMH's 2nd Annual Day of Service, the follow-up to last year's Metallica Day of Service, will take place May 22. The event urges fans to volunteer at food banks supported by hunger relief organization Feeding America.
You can participate in this year's AWMH by volunteering at a food bank near you. To see which food banks are participating, you can check here. Unfortunately, space is limited and they will not be able to accept all volunteers.
Below, get more information about the upcoming All Within My Hands 2nd Annual Day of Service via video announcement and press release direct from the band. After that, see Metallica's upcoming 2019 tour dates.
Last year over 1,000 of you participated in our first Day of Service by volunteering at your local food banks. Thanks to all of you, hundreds of thousands of pounds of food was packed and distributed to those in need . . . way to make a difference in your communities! We’re thrilled to be back with the details of our second annual Day of Service on Wednesday, May 22nd as we once again invite Metallica fans across the U.S. to join us in volunteering for a day with our friends at the community food banks we supported during our recent North American tours.
In cooperation with Feeding America we’ve been proud to make contributions to their local partners in each city we performed in during the ’17, ’18, and ’19 WorldWired Tour dates and we’re asking you to give a few hours of your time on May 22nd supporting the fight against hunger in your neighborhoods. Check the list below to see the participating food banks and for more information about how to sign up to pitch in that day. Over 50 food banks will be partaking in the activities this year, more than twice as many as last year! Each registered volunteer on May 22nd will receive a special All Within My Hands t-shirt commemorating our united day of service and a special thanks goes out to our friends at Salesforce for helping to make that happen. Please note that space is limited and you must register; unfortunately we will not be able to accept walk-ins.
If you do not live near one of the food banks listed on the site or you are unavailable on this day, we encourage you to visit FeedingAmerica.org to find a food bank in your community. We’re so inspired by the work that all of these amazing people do day in and day out that we hope you’ll join us to give them a hand whenever you can.
Thank you for supporting All Within My Hands and the local organizations we’ve been honored to assist. See you on May 22nd and make sure to use the #MetallicaGivesBack and #AWMH hashtags for a chance to be featured on Metallica.com.
Metallica 2019 "WorldWired Tour" Dates
May 1 — Lisbon, Portugal @ Estádio do Restelo
May 3 — Madrid, Spain @ Valdebebas
May 5 — Barcelona, Spain @ Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
May 8 — Milan, Italy @ SNAI San Siro Hippodrome
May 10 — Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund
May 12 — Paris, France @ Stade de France
June 08 — Dublin, Ireland @ Slane Castle
June 11 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Johan Cruijff Arena
June 13 — Cologne, Germany @ RheinEnergieStadion
June 16 — Brussels, Belgium @ Koning Boudewijnstadion
June 18 — Manchester, England @ Etihad Stadium
June 20 — London, England @ Twickenham Stadium
July 06 — Berlin, Germany @ Olympiastadion
July 09 — Goteborg, Sweden @ Ullevi
July 11 — Copenhagen, Denmark @ Telia Parken
July 13 — Trondheim, Norway @ Granåsen
July 16 — Hameenlinna, Finland @ Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
July 18 — Tartu, Estonia @ Raadi Airfield
July 21 — Moscow, Russia @ Luzhniki Stadium
Aug. 14 — Bucharest, Romania @ Arena Națională
Aug. 16 — Vienna, Austria @ Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Aug. 18 — Prague, Czech Republic @ Airport Letnany
Aug. 21 — Warsaw, Poland @ PGE Narodowy
Aug. 23 — Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion
Aug. 25 — Mannheim, Germany @ Palastzelt Maimarktgelände
Oct. 17 — Perth, Australia @ Optus Stadium (with Slipknot)
Oct. 20 — Adelaide, Australia @ Adelaide Oval (with Slipknot)
Oct. 22 — Melbourne, Australia @ Marvel Stadium (with Slipknot)
Oct. 24 — Melbourne, Australia @ Marvel Stadium (with Slipknot)
Oct. 26 — Sydney, Australia @ ANZ Stadium (with Slipknot)
Oct. 29 — Brisbane, Australia @ QSAC (with Slipknot)
Oct. 31 — Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt. Smart Stadium (with Slipknot)
Nov. 2 — Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt. Smart Stadium (with Slipknot)
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