By Zachary Swickey
Slowly but surely details continue to emerge about Metallica’s much-anticipated joint effort with former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. Updating their new joint website this morning, the San Fran thrashers have revealed Lulu as the name of the effort. The group appears to be going by “Lou Reed & Metallica” rather than adopting a joint moniker (so far), which is all the rage these days with The Throne.
Due on November 1, it also appears that the effort will be a concept album as explained via the posting:
’Lulu’ was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind’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 publications in the early 1900’s, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film, an opera, and countless other creative endeavors.
Apparently, Mr. Reed had initially begun work on a theatrical production in Berlin based on said “Lulu Plays,” but after meeting Metallica at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts held in New York in 2009, the effort segued into a joint venture between the two music powerhouses.
Metallica couldn’t say no to the iconic Reed when he approached them about making an album around the concept. The effort’s ten tracks were recorded over the summer beginning this May at the group’s HQ studios in northern California. Surfaced track titles include “Pumping Blood,” “Mistress Dread” and “Junior Dad.”
No word on whether the new super group plans on hitting the road in support of the effort, but it appears unlikely as Metallica will reportedly reenter the studio later this year – with Rick Rubin once again manning the boards – to begin work on their untitled tenth studio album.