Much of the fan feedback on the single 'The View' by the Metallica and Lou Reed project has not been overwhelmingly positive. The jagged song, which lives on the 'Lulu' album due out on Nov. 1, combines Metallica's signature, face-melting metal bluster with Reed's gravelly, spoken word-style vocal delivery over top. But Metallica were able to pull off a seemingly disjointed collaboration such as this because, well, they're Metallica and they've earned it. But getting there wasn't totally easy, as Reed toppled the guitar titans known as Hammett and Hetfield in the studio.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield sat down with Jose Mangin of SiriusXM and Headbanger's Ball backstage before the historic Big Four show last month to talk about a host of 'Tallica topics. The subjects ranged from the show's soundcheck (he called the venue's sound "crispy and fat") to the future of Big Four Shows ("It's done what it needs to do for now") to 'Lulu,' the band's new album/project with Lou Reed, which he states is "not party rock." Hetfield also shared the intriguing back story on our gal Lu!