If you’ve ever fantasized about what Metallica would sound like with Lou Reed as part of the lineup—and, let’s face it, we all have at some point, no? No? Come on you guys—you’re about to get your wish. The band has made a statement on its official website saying this odd pairing have made an entire album together.
It reads as follows:
“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.
Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together. Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months. In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week.”
This might be one of the most bizarre news stories of the year, and how this will sound is anyone’s guess. There’s no news yet of what kind of songs Reed and Metallica played together. Let’s hope no one thought that doing versions of “Sweet Jane” or “Heroin” were good ideas. Although hearing Reed wrap his vocals around “One” could pan out to be something interesting at least.