By Jacques Barzun
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Helpless舗, 舖Sucking My Love舗 and 舖The Prince舗. In particular, he was enthralled by a track called 舖It舗s Electric舗, which he had already heard a version of on another would-be NWOBHM compilation called Brute Force. 舗 he said. 舖If you take a look at the sleeve of the record now and compare the photo of Diamond Head with all the other groups there, they had an attitude and a vibe about them that none of the others could match. 舗 Any secret thoughts Lars had of becoming a musician himself were still held in check, though.
For Lars, though, tennis and a love of music would eventually dovetail in an even more significant way. In 1969, during the family舗s by now annual six-week stay in London 舑 built around Wimbledon and satellite tournaments in East-bourne and at Queen舗s 舑 the five-year-old Lars was taken to his first rock concert: the famous free concert by the Rolling Stones, given to over 250,000 people in Hyde Park. He still has pictures his parents took of him there. 舖I think that I舗d been dragged along to some jazz events, you know, at some of the local jazz clubs in Denmark up through the years,舗 Lars told me.
And so I went to the same high school as [Roy舗s son] Anthony Emerson and I was gonna be on the tennis team with him. Well, guess what? I wasn舗t one of the seven best players at the high school. I didn舗t actually make the fucking tennis team at high school! That舗s how competitive it was. 舗 There were other discouragements. Torben was tall; Lars was short, just five foot six, a marked disadvantage. Yet Bollettieri himself believes now that with proper application Lars might have made it as a wealthy mid-level tennis pro.