(Classic Rock) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says his band weren't ready for the "spiteful" backlash after they released Lulu, their art-metal collaboration with Lou Reed.
He believes the heavy criticism was unfair on Velvet Underground icon Reed and describes him as a "sweet man" – before explaining how the pair nearly came to blows during recording sessions.
Tensions boiled over during recording when Ulrich felt he had to tackle Reed over his attitude to an undisclosed topic. "I had to point something out about how things were functioning in the outside world," says the drummer. "He got hot and bothered. He challenged me to a street fight, which is a pretty daunting proposition because he's an expert in martial arts, and is never too far from a sword. Find out what happened