Lars Ulrich, Howard Stern Discuss Lulu, Closing Track “Junior Dad”

Lars Ulrich phoned in to Howard Stern‘s show today. They discussed in detail the Lou Reed & Metallica collaboration, Lulu.

Howard Stern corrected his earlier misinterpretation of Lulu:

Howard took the opportunity to commend (unlike many critics*) the band’s recent album, “Lulu,” a collaborative effort with Lou Reed–particularly “Junior Dad”, the album’s 20-minute final track: “I started crying. It got me. I loved it–no bullshit!”
Lars laughed that Howard wasn’t the only one: “You should have seen grown men cry out in the studio when we were recording it. I’m telling you, I’ve been with James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett for close to 20 years and I’ve never seen them cry before. It was amazing. It was truly moving.”
*Uncut gave the record a positive review,[34] singling out the album closer “Junior Dad” for praise and calling it “breathtaking” and “astonishing”, a “perfect ending to the most extraordinary, passionate and just plain brilliant record either participant has made for a long while.”

Lulu Full Preview Now Available! Prepared to be blown away!

I applaud how the Lou Reed and Metallica, LuLu Web site has updated their content on a regular and consistent basis. Many Web sites will state that they have built an initial Web site with more content to follow. I am presuming due to time and situation they are unable to fulfill that commitment in any kind of regular and/or timely manner.

The content provisioning for the LuLu, Lou Reed and Metallica Web site has been very consistent with content updates. The people responsible for this Web site have been very proactive with updating lyric content (which as of today is now complete for all 10 song), photos, video content and press information. It’s the right method to keep Lou Reed and Metallica fans engaged in the subject of a forthcoming product release. Staged content delivery allows a creation to breathe more naturally on its own.

Yesterday it was reported that a music e-tailer had posted all 10 song samples from Lulu prematurely and without permission. (Drop dates are 10/31 Worldwide and 11/1 North America). It was valuable to see the Lou Reed and Metallica record label take control of the “Internet leak” by countering the e-tailer sample listing with a SoundCloud page for all the samples. They did not name the e-tailer, which was a smart move, as they will need them when real product is available. I am betting that the official Sound Cloud sample page of LuLu received far more hits and comments because SoundCloud allows direct interaction as part of the SoundCloud sample along the time scale. It’s a non-aggressive authoritative way to wrest away content control and keep content ownership.

Wow they’ve gone one step further, I just discovered the entire recording available as a preview on their site here!!!! Yessssssssssssss, listen with it turned up full!!!

Lou Reed and Metallica, LuLu

A real electric synergy ignited between Metallica and Lou Reed the night they first appeared together live at the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert. Rosemary and I witnessed this incredible collaboration in person at Madison Square Garden on October 30th, 2009. It was the first time we were seeing Metallica and Lou Reed in concert. They performed two Velvet Underground classics, “Sweet Jane” and “White Light/White Heat“. It was powerful!

The raw force they generated with “Sweet Jane”, done Lou Reed, Rock and Roll Animal style made me think to myself…(Wow, I hope that Lou Reed and Metallica get around to recording together some day because they are just scratching the surface for what they can carry out together seismically.) Loutallica! My silent wishes have been granted. Lou Reed and Metallica will be releasing a new studio recording, LuLu on November 1st, almost two years to the day of their auspicious NYC concert début.

There is a Web site focused on this important teaming, It has published content early and will be further updated as we get closer to the drop date.

Lou Reed & Metallica: Lulu

Five of the 10 songs planned are now listed, (Tracks 3,6-9), ” Frustration, Junior Dad, Little Dog Mistress Dread, and Pumping Blood.”

I find the inspiration of the LuLu recording, challenging and revealing all at once. LuLu was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wedekind‘s plays “Earth Spirit” and “Pandora’s Box,” which tell a story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships and are now collectively known as the “Lulu Plays.” Lou Reed says about LuLuand Metallica:

We had to bring LuLu to life in a sophisticated way, using rock and the hardest power rock you could come up with would have to be Metallica. This is the best thing I ever did. And I did it with the best group I could possibly find. By definition, everybody involved was honest. This has come into the world pure. We pushed as far as we possibly could within the realms of reality.

Gentlemen, Bring It On! (60 days and counting…)