JAMES HETFIELD: ‘Lulu’ Is ‘Not The New METALLICA Studio Record’
METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield was interviewed by the Argentinian radio station Rock & Pop 95.9 FM before the band’s performance at the Rock In Rio festival in on September 25, 2011 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
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On some METALLICA fans’ concern that the band’s collaborative album with Lou Reed, “Lulu”, will sound nothing like the METALLICA they know and love:
Hetfield: “It’s definitely different. This is not the new METALLICA studio record. This is ‘Lulu’. And that’s why we named it ‘Lulu’ — it’s not METALLICA [and] it’s not Lou Reed; it’s us together making something called ‘Lulu’. I’m sure there’s some METALLICA fans that will think that ‘This is the new METALLICA record. I don’t like it. I’m scared.’ And it’s not. This is a project that was presented to us that we wanted to challenge ourselves with. I mean, there’s some great riffs on there. There’s not a lot of singing from me on it. [It's] Lou and his lyrics, with us writing background music for Lou. So that’s what we did. There will be fans that it will be difficult for them to understand, but we can’t stop being METALLICA, we can’t stop exploring what we wanna do as an artist. We don’t like limiting ourselves. But we’re not doing it just to mess with the fans; that’s for sure. If they don’t like it, wait until the next record where we’re fully focused on METALLICA, which we’re actually writing right now.”
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