Lou Reed Makes Metallica Cry
Published Aug 26, 2011While details for the Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration Lulu will no doubt be surfacing until the album's release this November, perhaps the strangest tidbit we've heard so far is that the former Velvet Underground singer's lyrics for the project are making his Bay Area thrash cohorts openly weep.
In an interview with Contact Music, Metallica six-stringer Kirk Hammett admitted he got teary-eyed while they were recording previously announced number "Junior Dad." Having just gone through a family loss, Reed's lyrics apparently cut too close to the bone for Hammett to handle.
"I had just lost my father literally three or four weeks previous," Hammett explains. "I had to run out of the control room, and I found myself standing in the kitchen, sobbing away."
The guitarist wasn't the only one touched by the elder wordsmith's work, though. Singer/guitarist James Hetfield, whose father left his family when he was a teenager, was also quite affected.
"James came into the kitchen in the same condition -- he was sobbing, too. It was insane... Lou managed to take out both guitar players in Metallica in one fell swoop, with his amazing poetic lyrics."
While there's still a few months left before the crew can prove whether or not Lulu is the "best thing done by anyone, ever," the record could be shaping up to be quite the emotional powerhouse.