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Metallica, Lou Reed Collaborate on New Record

June 17, 2011

In what will go down as one of the more intriguing collaborations of 2011, reports have surfaced that former Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed and Metallica have teamed up on a new album.

Lou Reed has proven his musical genius not only through his work with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, but as a masterful collaborator. His work with David Bowie, Gorillaz and now Metallica have proved to be highly catchy experiments.

Metallica.com confirmed speculations today, concluding an interesting affair that began in 2009, when Metallica and Reed played at the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary at Madison Square Garden.

Rumors began swirling months ago when Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett stated that a new record that was “not really 100 percent a Metallica record,” was currently in the works.

Although an album title and release date are yet to be announced, 10 songs have been completed, according to the statement.

In the statement, Metallica champions Reed as “a true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians, and performers in rock music history, Lou’s work with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist has such an enduring quality that he has long been revered and respected by us and many of our peers.”

This comes just more than a year after Reed’s last collaboration, with British cartoon band Gorillaz. Reed contributed vocals to the track “Some Kind of Nature,” off the group’s Plastic Beach album, creating in part one of the more memorable summer tracks of the year.

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