Metallica-Lou Reed project takes flight 

One thing you have to say for today’s music scene — we’ve entered a brave new world of adventurous collaboration, where just about any artistic linkup you can imagine is not only possible, but probably already happening as you think of it.

So get ready for this unexpected one: Our own metal mavens Metallica teaming up with New York’s avant-garde auteur Lou Reed. For an entire album. The disc, called “Lulu,” will be released on Nov. 1 via their mutual imprint, Warner Brothers. And it’s co-produced by Reed, Metallica and the great Hal Willner.

The concept came from 2009’s 25th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame concert held in the Big Apple, where Metallica joined Reed onstage for two Velvet Underground classics, “Sweet Jane” and “White Light/White Heat.”

“We knew from then that we were made for each other,” says Reed, who suggested they record together.

His first concept — a duets disc of some of his old unheard work — didn’t stick, but his second one did: Making a full project from music he’d initially penned for theater genius Robert Wilson’s Berlin-debuted “The Lulu Plays,” inspired by the Expressionist Frank Wedekind’s early 20th-century plays “Earth Spirit” and “Pandora’s Box.”

He sent the band lyrics, and they were off and running. As guitarist Kirk Hammett sees “Lulu,” “It’s definitely not a Metallica album, or a Lou Reed album. It’s something else. It’s a new animal, a hybrid.”

Don’t believe us? Go to www.loureedmetallica.com to see about this remarkable collaboration for yourself.

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