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Lars Ulrich Uses Guitar Hero to His Advantage

05/09/2009 at 03:00 PM ET
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Leverage is everything when you’re a parent, and Lars Ulrich has some unique leverage of his own in the form of Guitar Hero. His music as a member of the rock band Metallica has reached a whole new audience in recent years as a result of the game, and his two children Layne, 8, and Myles, 10 ½, are now looking at dad a bit differently as a result. “It’s very cool,” he admits to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“In the age of spending a lot of time forcing them to finish their vegetables and do their home work and get to school on time, [that] dad actually has his own video game certainly helps. And will continue to help into adolescence!”

Lars, 45, added that “it’s been a lot of fun” to find a new musical outlet after a near 30-year career. Layne and Myles are his children with ex-wife Skylar Satenstein; He is also dad to Bryce Thadeus, 23 months, with longtime girlfriend Connie Nielsen.

Metallica’s ninth album Death Magnetic is in stores now.

Source: The Rachel Maddow Show

– Missy

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While I like all of the kids’ names, I find it interesting that the current girlfriend would continue the trend of the ‘y’ in the kid’s first name like Skylar (the ex-wife) started. Maybe Lars wanted it that way. Personally, if I was a second wife/girlfriend I would want to name my baby something original and not along the lines of the first wife’s name.

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