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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich turns 50 today and considering he plays in one of the biggest bands on the face of the Earth, the guy just can’t catch a break. A cursory Google search of “Lars Ulrich is…” turns up all sorts of defamatory statements from “Lars Ulrich is a jerk” to questioning his drum skills. We say heck to that! Lars Ulrich founded one of the greatest metal bands of all-time and has guided its career for over 30 years and if that’s not a big enough laurel to rest on then we don’t know what is. Furthermore, he’s one of heavy music’s greatest advocates and biggest fans, turning kids onto his favorite obscure groups, from Diamond Head to The Misfits and bringing them much needed exposure. OK, maybe it wasn’t that cool when he went after Metallica fans for illegal downloads during the Napster brouhaha and sure, he’s no Dave Lombardo, but still, let’s cut the guy some slack. Here’s 5 reasons, 1 for every decade, we still think Lars Ulrich is cool.