Lars Ulrich 'Crushed' By Lou Reed's Death

(Classic Rock) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says he's "shocked" and "crushed" by the death of Lou Reed. The Velvet Underground founder passed away on Sunday, aged 71, after a liver transplant earlier this year failed to prevent years of drug abuse from shutting down his system.

Now Ulrich whose band collaborated with Reed on the critically slated 2011 album Lulu tells the Guardian: "We had communicated about a month ago when we were going to come by New York. Lou was going to come to the show and hang out. He didn't make it because his health took a turn for the worse, so I knew things were not good, but I didn't know it was that serious. So I was half shocked and half crushed shocked that he went so quickly and crushed over the loss."

He accepts the popular description of Reed as a difficult person to work with, but argues that the veteran artist was misunderstood, and his personality changed once people got to know him.

"We were aware of his reputation for being unfiltered and upfront, and that he just says what he's thinking," Ulrich recalls. "We were in a rehearsal room in midtown Manhattan. He walked in and was quite standoffish, quite short, like you would expect him. He was complaining about how loud we were and that we were playing everything wrong. Every single thing we were doing was wrong. It wasn't limited to our entire approach to music our existence was wrong." He had a lot more to say.

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