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Collaborating With Lou Reed ‘Scary’ For Metallica

08:01 AM Friday 10/28/11 | |

Metallica and the word “scared” don’t usually go together.

But fear was one of the emotions that band members felt when they began work on their latest album, Lulu, a collaboration with Lou Reed that will be released Tuesday.

“That was scary, but it was also so exciting to think, ‘Is he going to tell us what to play? Are we going to know what to play? Is he going to start singing randomly? Should we figure out some parts?’“ lead singer James Hetfield said in an interview. “We have had many different ways of recording, and this is yet another new way for us.”

  • ‘Lulu’ Collaborators

    Metallica members James Hetfield, left, and Lars Ulrich, right, pose with Lou Reed in New York.
    October 24, 2011

    (AP Photo)

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Reed and Metallica, both members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first performed together at the hall’s 25th-anniversary concerts in 2009. They found that they had amazing chemistry together.

That chemistry prompted them to go into the studio together, but the concept for the album started as a work that was the brainchild of Reed, based on the “Lulu” plays (“Earth Spirit” and “Pandora’s Box”) written by Frank Wedekind.

“This was the template from God,” Reed explained in an interview Monday night with Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. “It was written for a play in Berlin, for the Berlin Ensemble Theatre. It was done there as a soundscape surrounded by various electronics. I lifted the whole thing, since it is mine, and brought it over to them and turned them loose on it so that on top of the electronics, (it) became Metallica.”

  • Metallica

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
    September 14, 2011

    (George Tazzini / PhotosFromToday.com)

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Ulrich said most of the album was recorded in four days.

“We had no idea what hit us, so it was a lot about just being in the moment and playing with each other and giving the impulsivity a chance to be the predominant thing instead of thinking,” the Metallica drummer said. “It was a more physical experience than a mental experience.”

Reed, inducted into the Rock Hall as part of the Velvet Underground, has worked with everyone from The Killers to David Bowie, but considers his work with Metallica to be “the best music I have ever done.”

  • Lou Reed

    Dailymotion's "Music In Motion: Hall Willner's Freedom Rides," Highline Ballroom, New York City
    September 15, 2011

    (Wire Image)

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So far, reviews have been mixed. But Reed insists that he doesn’t care what the critics say. “I wouldn’t care what a critic said about anything, including a hamburger joint. There is no species of people I have less respect for.”


Comments

  1. live concert freak wrote:

    05:46 AM, Nov 01, 2011

     Just proves the point that Metallica is way past its prime. They haven't put out anything of relevance in over a decade!! How a legend like Lou Reed would allow them to hang on his coat tails is beyond me. Guess he saw it as an experiment and they saw it as a life line!!! Lou Reed has always bent and distorted the boundaries of his genre over the years with pretty good success. Now Metallica is trying anything they can to stay on the scene, unfortunately they haven't done anything worth listening to since the early 90's.



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