Metallica Initially Scared by Lou Reed Collaboration

7 years ago by Troy Rogers

Metallica and Lou ReedMetallica lead singer James Hetfield recently admitted that he and his Metallica band mates were creatively scared by Lou Reed prior to working on the new album Lulu.

According to DailyJournal Metallica band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Rob Trejo were creatively scared but excited ahead of their new music collaboration with singer Lou Reed. In an interview with Associated Press, James Hetfield addressed how the band felt before recording with Lou Reed. “That was scary,” said Hetfield, “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?'”

Lou Reed, who was also on hand with Hetfield and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, explained that Lulu was based on the Frank Wedekind penned plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box. Reed mentioned that he brought the idea of Lulu to the members of Metallica to see what would happen. “It was written for a play in Berlin, for the Berlin Ensemble Theatre. It was done there as a soundscape surrounded by various electronics,” said Reed. “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.”

Lulu hits store shelves on October 31.

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Troy Rogers

Troy Rogers began his online career in 2002 as a news writer for the popular Screenwriter's Voice website. Since then Troy has gone on to write for such outlets as The Deadbolt and and has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and executives in a decade.