The upcoming release by Lou Reed and Metallica is to be called 'Lulu' and is due for release in the Autumn.
A statement issued on www.loureedmetallica.com
"We want to start sharing with you just how the "Lulu" project, recorded at HQ just a few short months ago, is coming together.
As you can see this site is a work in progress and the plan is to build it before your very eyes. Please bear with us while we piece it all together!
"Lulu" was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind's plays "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box," which tell a story of a young abused dancer's life and relationships and are now collectively known as the "Lulu Plays."
Since their publication in the early 1900's, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film ("Pandora's Box," 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavors. Originally the lyrics and musical landscape were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin, but after coming together with the 'Tallica boys for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 all guilty parties knew they wanted to make more music together.
Lou was inspired enough by that performance to recently ask the band to join him in taking his theatrical "Lulu" piece to the next level and so starting in early May of this year we were all camped out recording at HQ studios in Northern California, bringing us to today and ten complete songs.
We can't wait to share this music and the whole experience with you. Please visit us often... we'll be posting updates on a frequent basis."
With two diverse, heavyweight artists such as these we're certainly looking forward to hearing it!