The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concert saw an unlikely pairing in 2009, when Lou Reed performed with Metallica. After the performance, they began talking about a possible collaborative recording effort.
Nothing materialized until February of this year, when Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett announced that the band was going to start a new project in May, saying “[it is] not 100 percent a Metallica record. It’s a recording project, let’s put it that way.”
The album, Lulu, was completed in June, and released today in North America by Warner Bros., following yesterday’s release elsewhere.
Lulu was originally intended to be an album of Metallica’s new recordings of previously unreleased compositions and demos by Reed. Among the demos was a collection of songs Reed had written for plays written by German playwright Frank Wedekind. Wedekind’s plays “Earth Spirit” and “Pandora’s Box”, collectively known as the “Lulu Plays”, tell a story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships. These plays, published in the early 1900’s, have been the inspiration for countless creative projects, including the 1929 silent film, Pandora’s Box as well as an opera.
This release comes on the heels of an announcement by Metallic bassist, Robert Trujillo, who said the band is working on their own new album.
Lulu Track List:
- Brandenburg Gate
- The View
- Pumping Blood
- Mistress Dread
- Iced Honey
- Cheat On Me
- Little Dog
- Junior Dad