Lowdowners I am a Metallica fan. I am. Can’t hide it. 2008’s DEATH MAGNETIC was the greatest album of that year and the single greatest return to form album a band has ever released. The following 2 year, 160+ concert WORLD MAGNETIC tour was a cracker and I saw it here in Melbourne to blistering brilliance and rapturous applause.
Outside of the gargantuan egos that exist in the band, if you didn’t have them you wouldn’t have the music that they produce, Metallica’s impact on the musical scene is unprecedented. But it’s not without its failings or dark moments and it looks like we’re headed for another dark patch with their next effort ‘LULU’ a collaboration with Lou Reed.
Messy, banal, boring and lazy, this monstrous ‘music concept album’ is described officially – from the website – as:
Lulu is a musical collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica.
It is inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wedekind’s plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box, which tell the story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships, and are now collectively known as the Lulu plays. Since their publication in the early 1900s, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film (Pandora’s Box, 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavors. The plays challenged the sexual and moral standards of their day and have remained highly controversial. Originally the lyrics and musical landscape for Lulu were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin. After Lou performed with Metallica at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 they all knew they wanted to make more music together. The Lulu project began in May 2011 at HQ studios in Northern California, with Lou’s lyrics as the starting point.
Click that link to hear it and make your own assumptions. LULU STREAMING LINK
On the other side of the coin 2011 is Metallica’s 30th year and they are celebrating it in December in the already sold out 4 day residency they are doing at the legendary Fillmore.
…And more news! The band has apparently hired producer Charlotte Huggens (3D Journey to The Centre Of The Earth 2) to work on a 3d project…
The Metallica media onslaught continues!! And see the boys rock out MASTER OF PUPPETS on the above video! Thanks to Metallica.com for the embed!