|Metallica & Lou Reed|
London Transport banned the artwork posters from all Underground stations, stating that it looked too much like graffiti, you can judge for yourself here: www.loureedmetallica.com. "Lulu" was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind'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."
Since their publication in the early 1900's, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film ("Pandora's Box," 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavours. Originally the lyrics and musical landscape were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin, but after coming together with the 'Tallica boys for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 all guilty parties knew they wanted to make more music together.
Lou was inspired enough by that performance to recently ask the band to join him in taking his theatrical "Lulu" piece to the next level and so starting in early May of this year they were all camped out recording at HQ studios in Northern California, bringing us to today and ten complete songs. The band have announced shows in San Francisco from Dec 5th - 10th for the clever price of $19.81 to mark their 30th anniversary. They will also be playing shows in India and Abu Dhabi in the next few months.