Lars Ulrich Talks About Getting ‘Misty-Eyed’ Watching AC/DC Perform at The Power Trip Festival

Lars Ulrich: Ralph Arvesen, CC BY 2.0,, Wikimedia Commons / Angus Young: Joan Sorolla, CC BY 2.0 ,, Wikimedia Commons
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Lars Ulrich, the drummer for Los Angeles, California’s Metallica, is a lifelong AC/DC fan, so it comes as no surprise to hear that he made an effort to attend the Australian band’s set at this year’s Power Trip festival.

Power Trip took place earlier in October, with AC/DC performing the night before Metallica went on. During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation Power Trip Special, the Metallica drummer was asked about his experience watching AC/DC perform at the metal festival.

Among the comments he provides, Ulrich shares that the performance elicited quite an emotional reaction out of him, saying he got “misty-eyed” a couple of times while watching the band.

Talking about what it was like to see AC/DC at Power Trip, Ulrich says (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), “It was — the word ‘triumph’ is kind of the one that came to mind. It was just a triumph.”

Ulrich then briefly detours from the topic of Power Trip, reflecting on other past experiences seeing AC/DC live, including when they opened for Black Sabbath in the ’70s:

“I saw ’em here [at Coachella in Indio]. I think they played here in ’15, so eight years ago. And I saw ’em in San Francisco later that year. And obviously, as a lifelong fan — I mean, I saw AC/DC back in Denmark opening for Black Sabbath in ’76 or ’77. And then they came back on ‘Let There Be Rock’ tour and played a 1,500-seat venue with no support act and basically played all of ‘Let There Be Rock’. And it was literally fucking mind-blowing. And then I saw them along the way, when I came to America, obviously, on and off, and we played with them for a whole tour on the Black Album in ’91.”

The Metallica drummer continues, speaking about what it was like watching AC/DC perform at Power Trip and how emotional he got watching guitarist Angus Young perform:

“As a lifelong fan, I actually got a little misty-eyed a couple of times when Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist] was kind of going out and you could hear the… When he walked out and played his solos on the ramp and stuff, it felt like people were sort of holding him up and really just loving him, appreciating him. And there was a unity. I’m actually getting misty eyed as we’re talking about it. There was a unity and it’s that unity that you and I have talked about and that thing about when this community comes together around what we all share, that it was just such a beautiful moment. It was just such a triumph. And Brian who looked like — I didn’t feel like there was anybody anywhere in Southern California that was having a better time than Brian… That shit-eating grin he had on his face. It was so great. What a wonderful moment.”

If you had a chance to attend the Power Trip festival this year, what was your experience like? Would you go back if the festival were to make a return?