Lou Reed Says Working With Metallica Was Like Getting A Free Ferrari

(Gibson) Lou Reed says that making Lulu, his collaborative album with Metallica, wasn't as odd as it appears from the outside.

In a just-published interview with M – Music & Musicians, the legendary rocker revealed that the disc, which is based on two century-old German plays, also involved a lot of improvisation. "[Working with Metallica] was all instinctual," Reed said. "Nobody thought about anything. It was just a great opportunity to play together. I had a certain sound in my head that I wanted to try to get, and I got it. The way we did this is that if everybody didn't agree, we didn't do it. It wasn't majority rules—it was all together or nothing."

Reed was also asked if Metallica pushed him into musical terrain that was different from his usual style. "They're into heavy metal, I'm into heavy guitar, so it was no big stretch," he replied. "They were so ready to go, it was thrilling. It's like someone gave you a Ferrari for free." more on this story

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