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Lou Reed and Metallica join for new album coming ... sometime

Metallica-LouReed 2011Proto-punk fans and metal-heads can breathe easier: The musical meeting of Lou Reed and Metallica at the 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in 2009 wasn’t just a one-night stand.

Metallica made it official with a post on the band’s website revealing the nature of the group’s new album, which had been hinted at earlier this year as “not really 100% a Metallica record.”

“Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou," according to the post, "we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together."

Here's a link to video from that night's performance: Metallica and Lou Reed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary shows at RockHall.com.

"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," the post continues. “In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded 10 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.”

Metallica’s website includes a few more details and some photos from the recording sessions. But even without a title or release date yet, it should be a slam dunk that it’ll be a walk on the wild side for both.


Metallica and Lou Reed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary shows

'The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert'

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's discord progression

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Metallica guitarist-singer James Hetfield, left, and Lou Reed. Credit: Metallica.com

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Metallica stopped making relevant music many years ago n are just a rolling stone mainstay this has to stink worse than reload--kirk hammet is good person i cannot say the same for hetfield n lars giant egoes.................

So much talent!

And Metallica.

Finally, we will get a truly Heavy Album from Metallica..Lou Reed Heavy Even.

this is gonna suck beyond belief!!!!

I call for a return to the days of Thrash Metal dominance, when Metallica was still producing HEAVY metal. They just haven't bee the same since '88: I understand the desire to go with artistic expression, but what a slap-in-the-face to a loyal following.

metallica, yeah rock and roll, i know they're artistic, skilled, blah blah, but "metal" world and people created them, they're really not metal anymore, showbands, with a clown frog bassist, what a disgrace to the "BIG 4"......

Metalica was good untill Death Madnetic and ST.Anger now this

I disagree Paul. "The Day That Never Comes" for example is an incredible new song that manages to bring something new yet at the same time achieve the greatness of earlier works like "One".

Metallica has so many great songs that refuse to get old no matter how many times you hear them (e.g. Master of Puppets).

You may not like ReLoad but at least they were out there and trying new things. Not everything can be a homerun especially when you are as original as Metallica is and frequently trying new things.

(And by the way ReLoad while not a particualry good album is not that bad either and it shows versatility on the band's part.)

Metallica is one of the few bands that has stayed relevant over a long period of time. Even if this next album flops, Metallica will still be great.

If Metallica is doing a punk-rockish record of any kind...

...the ONLY person they should even consider doing it with
(...as well as giving any hope that this project
would be taken even half way seriously)
would be if they did this record with Glenn Danzig.

Not only were the members of Metallic big fans
of Danzig & the Misfits (in particular... Cliff Burton)

...but what many people dont know is that James Hetfield
has a couple of uncredited appearences as backing vocals
on the first Danzig album.

So with that being said...
it would be nice for this come back around full circle
and see Danzig appear on a Metallica record...
but as it is... we have to settle for Lou Reed.


- Trujillo has at least given the band some kind of balls back...dude is a superior bass player - I miss him in Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves.

Kirk and Robert need to form another band....

I'm actually looking forward to this collaboration. Metallica's early days produced their best music, and Lou Reed himself is so far outside of their set of influences that this may give them a fresh perspective. The "Load" era was most definitely not my personal cup of tea, though. HAHA


yeah, trujillo is great in suicidal, he is talented either, but his style doesnt fit in metallica, maybe in anthrax, yeah trujillo style will fit...


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