Thursday, October 14, 2010

Metallica drum lesson raises $35,000 for charity

What would a one-hour lesson with one your musical heroes be worth to you?

For some fan, a one-hour private drum lesson with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich just came in at $35,000.

Ulrich donated his time as part of a package auctioned off last Saturday at Andre Agassi’s 15th annual Grand Slam For Children charity event in Las Vegas.

Ulrich’s lessons were just one item, among many, that helped the Andre Agassi Foundation For Education raise more $8.5 million dollars for its cause: creating educational opportunities for underserved youth in the Las Vegas area.

The description of Lars’ drum lesson package, as offered:

"Want to be a rock star for a day? This is the experience you never dreamed money could buy. You and your guest are headed to METALLICA's headquarters in San Francisco. Here, in this exclusive space, you will meet the co-founder of one of the greatest rock bands of all time; Lars Ulrich. Lars is the drummer and member of the transcendent, celebrated band known as METALLICA. METALLICA has received nine Grammy awards and had five consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The group is widely recognized as one of the most influential bands of all time, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

"Lars will begin your unbelievable day with a tour of METALLICA headquarters, which includes METALLICA's recording studio, rehearsal space and home of their fan club, website and merchandise department. Once inside the studio, you will have the privilege of receiving a one-hour private drumming lesson from one of the greatest drummers of all time. After Lars shows you a thing or two, you and your guest will join him for a private lunch. Almost too extraordinary to believe!

"American Airlines will provide first-class airfare for you and one guest to complete this rare experience. You will also enjoy a two-night stay at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, a luxury hotel offering legendary service and stupendous views of the city's iconic sights.

"To remember this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you will be sent home with all kinds of hot METALLICA gear to make your friends jealous. Now that's a rock star package!

"This package has been generously donated by Lars Ulrich and METALLICA. Flights and hotel were donated by Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco and American Airlines. This package will be held at a mutually agreeable time in Marin, California. One Bay View King room at the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco will be provided for two nights and certain date restrictions apply. First-class airfare for two people with flights originating in the continental United States will also be provided. Transfers and meals are not included in the package other than what is specified in the package details. Package expires on December 31, 2011. This package is nontransferable and nonrefundable."

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