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"The reason I wanted to be in a band was pretty much because of Motörhead," drummer and founding Metallica member Lars Ulrich says. "When James [Hetfield] and I hooked up and started Metallica, Motörhead was omnipresent. It wasn't just the music — it was the attitude."

Ulrich adds, "[Lemmy and Metallica] crossed paths so many times all over the world and had so many different experiences. He's a part of our DNA and our whole M.O."

Watch Metallica remember Lemmy above (interview conducted by Zack Ruskin) and read Billboard's Metallica cover story here.