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Mission To Lars tells the story of Tom Spicer, a man who has a form of autism known as Fragile X Syndrome and means Tom does have learning difficulties which means the mind may work in a different form, but the soul remains the same.

In his spare time, he shares a passion for the American Heavy Metal supergroup Metallica and especially has a fondness for drummer Lars Ulrich who over the previous 20 years has repeatedly asked his journalist sister Kate, "I want to meet Lars".

An almost impossible task, but one that finally makes his sister crack and the Mission To Lars wheels are placed into motion to make a documentary film of love, laughter, tears and happiness.

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How much of a mission this is, is sometimes a little questionable as journalist Kate Spicer is a freelancer whose work has appeared in such papers as The Times and The Daily Mail amongst many others and certainly has some of the right contacts and the family background is from an affluent one thus making any other families who wish to treat their loved ones to a similar dream an impossible task.

However the real mission is that of Tom himself and because of his condition, he doesn't like to be away from familiarity and routine meaning the Spicers have much professional advice to adhear and many hurdles to jump before she can even get her brother onto a plane let alone a new enviroment in America to meet his hero.

The film does give a heartfelt fascinating insight into the world of Fragile X Syndrome as we learn that Tom can't listen to loud music as it is ten times more louder to him than for you and I and has a big anxiety of large crowds thus meaning the mission to meet Lars Ulrich at the giant arena of Anaheim is almost aborted, but the complicated fears are happily overcome and you can't help but smile for the lad when his finally meets the Uligarch drummer for the first time towards the end of the film.

Metallica fans will have a long wait to see their boys in action in this documentary which I feel would have been more suited to a 60 minute TV doc rather than a 90 minute film as there are some unnecessary interludes.

A film where all proceeds go towards Mencap can only be applauded and a film which makes you realise our daily troubles are really rather trivial.

Below is part of an exclusive interview that Kate Spicer conducted with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich which can be found as part of the bonus features on the Mission To Lars DVD & Blu-ray.





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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