Hammett: ‘Lulu is some of Metallica’s best stuff’
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett insists Lulu, their notorious 2011 collaboration with Lou Reed, is one of the band’s best-ever pieces of work.
The record was snubbed by all but three per cent of Metallica’s fanbase, selling 15,000 copies in its first week of release compared to 490,000 for 2008′s Death Magnetic. Even their much-maligned 2003 album St Anger sold 418,000 in its first week. Reed admitted he’d had death threats following the launch.
But Hammett tells The Verge: “I think Lulu is some of the best stuff we’ve ever done. The song Junior Dad moves me to tears. And working with Lou was such a cool, unique and special thing for us.
“Maybe it’s not for everyone. Maybe it’s a challenge for our fans. But for us – Lars, James, Rob and myself – we loved doing it and it was such a great experience. We look back at it very positively.”
Metallica have just released highly anticipated concert movie Through The Never, and have vowed to turn their attention to a new album early next year.
Bassist Rob Trujillo last month told Classic Rock: “In 2014 it’ll be all about getting new music. One thing I’m excited about: there’s the thrash element back in the mix. It’s kind of been missing in the past.”