All these years later, Lars Ulrich has not lost sight of  the offer that he shouldn't have refused.  But we'll get to that in just a minute.

First, we wish Metallica's drummer a very happy belated birthday.  Lars was born on December 26, 1963, in Gentofte, Denmark.  (Nope, I don't know how to pronounce it, either).

Lars might have been a renowned tennis player like his dad, Torbin Ulrich (who is also a musician), because he had the talent, but the Drummer Gods had other plans for his powerful arm, or rather both of them.

His first concert, Deep Purple in 1973, impressed him to follow his own musical path, and he would eventually become one of Metallica's founding members, songwriter and drummer.

What about the missed opportunity?  Lars turned down Quentin Tarantino's request that he provide a soundtrack to Kill Bill Vol. 1.  Doh!!  He says it was his "favorite mistake".

And what of the recent universally panned Metallica/Lou Reed collaborative album, Lulu?  You decide (see video below).

If fans and critics have their say, that's not just a mistake, that may well be The Unforgiven.