NEW PROJECT DESCRIBED BY LOU REED AS
"THE BEST THING DONE BY ANYONE, EVER"
Metallica and Lou Reed have confirmed (via their newly launched
website) a November 1 North American release date (October 31 the rest of the world) for their joint studio album.
According to Rolling Stone, the currently untitled record features all new material written by Reed for Lulu, a theatrical production of stories by German author Frank Wedekind.
The album will feature 10 tracks with titles like "Pumping Blood" and "Mistress Dread".
Speaking to Rolling Stone's David Fricke, Reed describes the project as "A marriage made in heaven...I knew it from the first day we played together: 'Oh, man, this is perfection, right in front of me'".
"I don't think we've ever felt this free," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in the same Rolling Stone feature, sitting next to Reed on a couch. "There's nothing that's totally outside of the boundary for us, nothing that feels like 'Oh, what happens if we go there?'".
Fricke describes the album as "a raging union of his (Reed's) 1973 noir classic, Berlin, and Metallica's '86 crusher, Master of Puppets.
In a separate interview, Reed described the album as "maybe the best thing done by anyone, ever. It could create another planetary system. I’m not joking, and I’m not being egotistical."
Check out the video below of Metallica and Lou Reed performing the Velvet Underground classic "Sweet Jane" at the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary ceremony in New York.