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

June 16, 2011 | 11:36 am

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.


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-- Randy Lewis

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