What began as an unlikely one-off live take on “Sweet Jane” for a Rock Hall of Fame event in ‘09 has spawned a forthcoming studio LP featuring 10 new songs by Lou Reed with arrangements by his latest backing band: Metallica. “A marriage made in heaven,” said Reed in David Fricke’s Rolling Stone report. “I knew it from the first day we played together: ‘Oh, man, this is perfection, right in front of me.’”
90% of the as-yet-untitled album has been completed at Metallica’s San Francisco Bay studio while release plans are still in the works. Both parties are currently unsigned and “free to go wherever,” as Lars Ulrich put it.
You can check out more details here, but I can’t resist pulling one more quote from the great ex-Velvet Underground singer-songwriter: “They’re bringing Metallica, with all that power. And because they’re pretty sophisticated, wherever I go, they’re still with me.”