Metallica's Lars Says Lou Reed Took Lulu Criticism Hard

02/24/2012
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(Gibson) Lars Ulrich is standing behind Metallica's recent collaboration with Lou Reed, Lulu. When asked for his thoughts on fan response – which wasn't exactly stellar – to Lulu, Lars told Washington, D.C. radio station DC101 that he takes it all with "just a little bit of distance."

"Obviously, it's fantastic in 2012 that the Internet gives everybody access to voicing their opinions, and I think it's an incredible medium to communicate and to bring the world closer," he said. "But, obviously, as an artist, or somebody who is creating something, you've gotta be careful how deep you dive into what everybody's talking about, because it could really screw with your mind. I've always been in a place where I'm pretty thick-skinned, so it doesn't bug me that much… "

Ulrich added that Reed didn't take the negative criticism so well. "It was difficult for Lou Reed because he takes everything very personally," Ulrich said. "And I think he was very surprised. We told him all along: 'Listen, there are some very, very, very hardcore metal fans out there that like everything pre-packaged in a particular little box that looks like this, and the minute that you slightly veer outside of that, then they have a hernia.' And that's fine – I'm fine with that…" more on this story

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