Thursday, June 16, 2011

Metallica Working on Project with Lou Reed

Legendary rocker Lou Reed and Metallica appear to be making some kind of album together. Kirk Hammett in an interview a few months back hinted that there was going to be a project that wasn't totally a Metallica record and now we know what that project is shaping up to be, well at least in the personnel department.

A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that's "not really 100 percent a Metallica record." While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), we are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.

Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together. Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months. In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week.

A true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians, and performers in rock music history, Lou's work with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist has such an enduring quality that he has long been revered and respected by us and many of our peers. We can't wait for you to listen to the finished record, so as we like to hear ourselves say around here, keep watching this spot for updates . . . we'll be back with more details as they come together.
The Metallica crew played with the legendary singer at the 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show back in 2009, which seemed a little insane then, and now we will simply have to wait and see how this project turns out. We have all heard what happens when they experiment with their sound, but I think Lou Reed is one hell of a songwriter so it promises to be interesing. Watch the performance from RRHOF below.

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