This is going to make for one heck of a Chance card:
A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that’s “not really 100 percent a Metallica record.” While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), we are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.
Yes, the biggest of the Big Four and the Godfather of New York cool have spent the last few months holed up in San Francisco and laying down 10 tracks at Metallica’s home studio, a collaboration that was occasioned by their 2009 collaboration at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th-anniversary concert. And the results will be commercially released at some point in the near future!
Oh, the jokes that will be made between now and the day this record leaks! Including the one I just refrained from posting about the above clip’s relative quality in regards to Re-Load! For now, this bon mot from Obits is my favorite:
UPDATE: Oh, huh, here’s a neat wrinkle from a rapturous David Fricke piece that chronicles the budding romance between Reed and the $5.98 EP metalsmiths (which also notes that one track “features Reed singing across a relentless staccato riff played at manic velocity”):
Ulrich says the album is “90 percent” finished. But there are no release plans yet. Reed does not have a record deal, and Metallica are no longer on Warner Bros. “We are free to go wherever,” Ulrich says. “I’m obviously psyched for people to hear this, in whatever way we feel is right.”