Since rock legend Lou Reed passed away on Oct. 27, an incredible amount of musicians have offered their condolences. However, not much had been heard from the members of Metallica, who recorded the collaborative album 'Lulu' with Reed in 2011. However, one day shy of the 'Lulu' album's second anniversary, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has offered a lengthy and heartfelt tribute to Reed.
The only single released from 'Lulu,' the collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, also spawned a music video. 'The View' was directed by Darren Aronofsky and debuted on Dec. 3, 2011. The video features the band's performance of the song in Metallica HQ in San Rafael, California, the studios where 'Lulu' was recorded.
Darren Aronofsky, the director of redemption-themed, Oscar-nominated films such as 'The Wrestler' and 'Black Swan,' got behind the camera to shoot the video for the Lou Reed and Metallica single 'The View.' While the Loutallica collaboration, which yielded the 'Lulu' album, has been the subject of much criticism and even lower sales, Aronofsky breathed new artistic life into the project with this visually arresting black and white video.
The Lou Reed & Metallica collaborative album 'Lulu' is without a doubt the most infamous, reviled and debated upon release of 2011. Paolo Gregoletto, bassist for American metalcore band Trivium recently shared his "view" on the album, claiming that any fan who claims to understand 'Lulu' must be on some sort of drug trip.
The ‘Loutallica’ experience marches on with a recent trip over the pond. Lou Reed & Metallica recently set their sights on entertaining the crowd of the UK based show ‘Later…With Jools Holland.’ Their performance included the original track ‘Iced Honey’ from their recent ‘Lulu’ release and a cover of the Velvet Underground tune ‘White Light/White Heat.’
Multi-award winning director Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct the video for 'Iced Honey,' the second single from Metallica and Lou Reed's 'Lulu' collaboration. Aronofsky had directed some of cinema's most celebrated films such as 'Black Swan,' 'The Fountain' and 'Requiem for a Dream.'
What the hell would "Loutallica" sound like? That was the question on everybody's mind from the very moment Metallica and Lou Reed announced back in June that they had just finished recording an album together. Fans got a small taste of things to come when the art rocker and the metal masters hit the stage together in 2009 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert, tearing through raucous versions of 'Sweet Jane' and 'White Light / White Heat," both classics from Reed's former band, the Velvet Underground.