It is always difficult for bands and artists to stray from what made them famous in the first place. Sometimes it is hard to put yourself in the shoes of an artist that has had success, and then releases an album very different from what they have put out in the past.
Metallica’s collaboration album with Lou Reed, “Lulu” was one of those instances, where many fans could not see where the band was coming from. The band has acknowledged that the album was a critical failure, but feel that 20 years from now, it will be recognized as a classic work.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich had this to say about the situation:
“I think it was the LA Weekly or something, somebody sent me, talking about how the actual real album of 2011 was 'Lulu', but nobody is gonna recognize it for another 20 years. So, one by one, they're crumbling. [Laughs] In about 900 years from now, people will be able to talk about 'Lulu' face to face with each other without hiding behind masks. So we look forward to that day.”
Ulrich went on to talk about the effect it had on him and the band, but especially on Lou Reed:
“It was difficult for Lou Reed because he takes everything very personally. And I think he was very surprised. We told him all along: 'Listen, there are some very, very, very hardcore metal fans out there that like everything pre-packaged in a particular little box that looks like this, and the minute that you slightly veer outside of that, then they have a hernia.'
“People have to understand, and I think I've been saying this for the better part of 30 years now [laughs], and I'm still trying to come up with different ways of saying it, but it boils down to the same thing, which is that people have to understand that in METALLICA, we sort of need to continue to shake it up for ourselves and to try different things and to try different experiences; that's part of what we need to survive creatively.”
Ulrich went on to talk about the 3D movie that Metallica is working on, and how they are being cautious about it, after the negative response to “Lulu”. The film will be based on the band members and the back story of a Metallica concert. The film is set to enter production in 2012.