Kirk Hammett: ''Lulu' Is Some of the Best Stuff We've Done'

"Working with Lou Reed was such a cool, unique, and special thing for us," the guitarist explains.

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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recently took a defensive stance towards "Lulu" collaboration record, ranking it among the band's top-quality efforts. As Hammett told the Verge, exploring the uncharted waters still comes as one of Metallica's top priorities, regardless of what the fans might think. "We're doing it for ourselves, man," he explained. "'Lulu' is a really good example. I think that 'Lulu' is some of the best stuff we've done. I mean the song 'Junior Dad' moves me to tears, and working with Lou Reed was such a cool, unique, and special thing for us." However, the axeman did agree that the album isn't exactly too approachable. "Maybe it's not for everyone," he added. "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." Kirk already pointed out that fans aren't remotely close to anyone's mind during the Metallica creative process. This of course wasn't a jab at the listeners, but a way to stress how things work among the ranks of metal titans. During the rest of the chat, Hammett drew an interesting parallel between the way modern musicians make a living and how things worked in the music world a century ago. "It's ironic in that with the advent of this technology, making a living as a musician has kind of gone backwards," he noted. "You can't just make records and expect to sell them and live off that. If you really want to make a living making music, you have to go out there and play, and perform, which is just how it was 100 years ago!" As the guitarist further explained, technology is making musicians work harder, but is in a way killing the community aspect of the music. "I'm sure there’s still a lot of great art being made out there, but it's not the same," he said. "People don't rally behind it, there isn't a community behind it. How are people supposed to let other people really bond, how are people supposed to bond behind bands like they used to? It's just not there. It's all separate now, all in the name of convenience. That's just the way it is." When it comes to the new studio record, Kirk wasn't very vocal. Apart from confessing that the band would probably be half way through it without "Through the Never" 3D film, he once again confirmed that the four-piece will enter the full work mode at the beginning of 2014. Metallica recently posted an official recap video of their Rock in Rio 2013 festival performance. Including studio rehearsal footage, "Holier Than Thou" performance and more, you can check out the clip below.

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    Cool story, needs more wah.
    Mybe more wah in your ass, and you'll enjoy your insignificant life more often!
    Good to see a musician proud of his art. If the four of them like 'Lulu,' then that's all that counts. It was brave of them to do something original and, though I don't like it personally, it's objectively renewing.
    I agree. About 95% of the hate that Lulu gets are from people jumping on the bandwagon. Otherwise people would already respect that it was just something that the band (and Reed) wanted to do. Its the same thing with Korns Path of Totality.
    Surely with PoT, Korn were the ones jumping on a bandwagon? At least LuLu was something different entirely.
    Am I the only one who enjoyed Path of Totality? I don't like most of Korn's music, but I really got into that album.
    I don't get all the hate dubstep gets.Okay, fine: It's not played on real instruments, but does that really change how heavy and complex the compositions can get? I don't think so. My only gripe is the live-performance aspect, and how many dubstep-performers just stand on stage and press the spacebar, while people go crazy, for some reason. THAT is a joke.
    so performing isn't the same for them as playing an instrument. but they still make music. they still compose, they still string everything together, they still produce and mix it.... it still takes creativity, it's not easy to make an epic electronic song. shitty or not. i'm not a fan of the most mainstream electronic bullshit, but i still love EDM.
    I'm a big Korn fan, I liked Path of Totality. I respect the hell out of Korn for experimenting and trying new things
    That, and Lulu was pretty ****ing terrible. The experience may have been great, but the only part the fans got, the record itself, was outright terrible.
    Bandwagon?? People use this lame-ass excuse for nickelback hate. The bottom line is that this shit just SUCKS.
    Some of it is probably from people who only bothered to listen to the first single or maybe even the first snippet. But i don't think it would have changed if they had listened to the album several times with an open mind, i did that and i honestly find much nice to say about it. Dragon had a nice riff until it was repeated for 12 minutes and the production was kinda neat, but aside from that? It's pretty bad, but it's nice that Metallica likes it i guess.
    reamed the album and listened to every song. every bit of it was shit. how havent people, including metallica gotten over this already
    No I would have to say that 95% of the people actually listened to the album and realized how bad it was. It was just bad. Real bad. But if you like it then cool, you don't even have to get defensive. Be proud that you like something that is hated so much, it makes you unique in a way.
    So the fact that I listened to half the album then turned it off because it sucked means I jumped on a bandwagon? All on the bandwagon people!!!
    95% of the people who don't think Lulu is pure unadultered shit are people who don't want to seem like they're just jumping on the bandwagon. See, I can pull statistics out of my ass too.
    Precisely. Besides, that kind of an experiment would've been done anyway sooner or later, and it's better as "a Metallica fail" than something that ruined some other, less successful band's career.
    From this article's comments I can gather that barely any of you read the article and a lot of you still think putting the word wah in anything to do with Kirk is still funny.
    Arfing Thumb
    Lulu always moves me to tears, too, but in a negative way: "Make it stahp! Please, make it stahp!"
    God, people are annoying at times. It's like with St. Anger. People say it's the worst metal album ever, but what exactly is Metal? It's fast, abrasive, obnoxious, mad, insane, pisses people off, serves only the creator, and against the norm. Hmmm - sounds like St. Anger to me. I like Lulu, it's a departure. I'd rather have something new and different than hearing something I've heard before. That's boring. That's not the point of art and music. If I wanted the same thing over and over again, I'd listen to Slayer.
    At least Slayer still kicks butt. Metallica stopped being entertaining on Load, Reload, and St. Anger. I like DM a lot except for the sound quality and how long the songs are. I've never listened to Lulu as a whole but what I've listened to has been pretty boring. Nothing wrong with change as long as it sounds good.
    Change doesn't have to sound good to people who had nothing to do with it.