Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that Oasis has "been the soundtrack to my life for the last 20 years" ever since he first met them when he stood in as their lighting man at a gig in New Jersey in 1994.

Speaking to The Guardian, Ulrich said: "I have stories and pictures in my mind that go along with everything, from the first time I heard particular songs and read certain articles, to hearing about the band's shenanigans and festivities."

Ulrich first met the now defunct Manchester band at a small venue in "Nowheresville, New Jersey" 20 years ago and stepped in to help them with their light show. "They didn't have a crew guy to run the light board, and I was the only one in the building that knew the songs . . . " 

The drummer has previously said that Noel Gallagher's decision to quite drugs inspired him to stop taking cocaine. 

"I loved the social elements of cocaine. I loved the danger of it," Ulrich said in an interview with The Mirror. "Then, about 10 years ago, I read an interview with Noel Gallagher, in which he said, 'I just stopped doing cocaine'.

"I thought that was really cool. It felt so fresh, so honest, so pure - I love that side of him. I've never had an addictive personality, so I woke up one day and said, 'Enough'."

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