Lars Ulrich is a man of many talents: drummer, former tennis ace, painter, metal legend.
On Wednesday (June 10), the Metallica co-founder put it all aside for a few minutes to pay tribute to another type of hero when he Zoomed in to Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The double-kick wizard was the latest celebrity to play a round of #HealthCareHero, this time surprising Tracey Bednar, a pediatric ICU nurse and Metallica superfan from Long Island.
Bednar works with children battling COVID-19. Each day she drives 45 minutes to work, clocks in at 7 am and “hits the ground running.” A proper rock star. She loves golf, yoga and playing music loud in the car. Especially Metallica. And in particular, “Enter Sandman.”
After the shock and awe of the moment, the Danish-born rocker thanked Bednar for her challenging work. “As a father of three, I can’t thank you enough for what you do,” he said. “I’ve been sitting here listening in for the last couple of minutes. All of us out here in San Francisco, my family and everywhere are so grateful for what you do. And thank-you for having Metallica be a part of your life and your ride home.”
The star of the night was, of course, Bednar who was promised VIP tickets to the next Metallica concert in her zone. Ulrich also held up a copy of the Bay Arena juggernaut’s forthcoming album S&M2 on vinyl, signed by all four members in the group. It’s dropping in August, we’re told.
As part of the deal, Big Lots provided the frontline worker with $10,000 and gift cards for her colleagues.