Metallica, Lou Reed album collaboration due in November
The set was co-produced by Reed and Metallica with Hal Willner and Greg Fidelman. Fidelman also mixed the album.
"It's definitely not a Metallica album, or a Lou Reed album," Metallica's Kirk Hammett said in a statement. "It's something else. It's a new animal, a hybrid."
The seeds of the seemingly unlikely union of Reed and Metallica date back to the 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts, which took place in October 2009 in New York City. There, Metallica's Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Rob Trujillo played with Reed on "Sweet Jane" and "White Light/White Heat," two songs originally recorded by Reed's band The Velvet Underground.
"We knew from then that we were made for each other," Reed said in a press release.
It was Reed who suggested that they all record together, at first with the goal of recording some of Reed's older songs. But shortly before the recording sessions began, "Lou called up and said, 'Listen, I have this other idea,'" Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a press release.
The new plan: to record some songs Reed had penned for a production dubbed Lulu Plays for theater director Robert Wilson and the German theater group the Berliner Ensemble.
"We were very interested in working with Lou," Hetfield said in a statement. "I had these giant question marks: What's it going to be like? What's going to happen? So it was great when he sent us the lyrics for the Lulu body of work. It was something we could sink our teeth into. I could take off my singer and lyricist hat and concentrate on the music part."
"We had to bring Lulu to life in a sophisticated way, using rock," Reed added. "And the hardest power rock you could come up with would have to be Metallica. They live on that planet. We played together, and I knew it: dream come true. This is the best thing I ever did. And I did it with the best group I could possibly find."