WATCH: Lars Ulrich's sons perform hard-hitting cover of 'Eleanor Rigby'

live 30/04/2020

In a recent interview with Marc Benioff, Lars Ulrich decided to give his two sons the chance to perform at the end of the chat... and they've done him proud by performing a hard rock rendition of the Beatles' classic 'Eleanor Rigby'.

When Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff invited the Metallica drummer as a guest for one of his company's fireside chats, Ulrich didn't want to play a drum solo by himself. So in lieu of delivering a performance himself, he asked his sons Myles and Layne to come up with a song.

The result is a fuzzy, hard hitting garage rock rendition of the Beatles' 1966 classic song.

"There's been some incredible versions of 'Eleanor Rigby' along the way, but I'm pretty sure there's never been one that had this kind of sound, this kind of feel, this kind of energy and madness to it," Lars Ulrich said. "I was like, 'You know what, boys? You done me proud.'"

The proud father described the cover as "insane" as he recorded the performance. "That's me standing in the corner filming it, going, 'Holy fuck!'"

You can watch the Myles and Layne's cover of "Eleanor Rigby" below.

Both Ulrich boys, aged 21 and 19 respectively, are still studying in college but staying home as part of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Lars Ulrich explained to Rolling Stone that his boys had it way better than he did at their age. "When I was their age, my tastes were literally just half an inch wide," he admitted. "When I was 19, it was New Wave of British Heavy Metal. That was it. But between the two of them, it covers so much ground. Both of them are huge Radiohead fans; they listen to a lot of Arctic Monkeys, they definitely listen to a lot of more, like, noise rock, White Stripes and Jack White, and a lot of punkier stuff."

"When James [Hetfield] and I were 19 years old, if it wasn't exactly what we were listening to, it was like, 'Eh' — we didn't want to know," he continued. "It wasn't until we got with Cliff Burton and Kirk [Hammett] that we started kind of broadening our horizons a little bit."

Watching his sons' performance got Lars excited for his sons' future. It just feels like there's increasingly less and less madness and unpredictability in music," the Metallica drummer opined. "And when I see that clip, it just feels, like, holy fuck, it's like a moment. If they can bring that out to the world and not have it be too watered down or overproduced, then that's certainly promising for what could come."