Lars Ulrich Talks Major Metallica Announcement: 'Lulu Part 2 - Just to P-ss Everybody Off'

The drummer discusses recent "another frontier" announcement.

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Earlier last week Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich dropped a hint of a major Metallica event coming in December, leaving the fans guessing and anticipating for further announcements. Lars now discussed the big event with the Quietus, revealing that the official info might drop as early as tomorrow (October 8). He also left those hoping for a Metallica Christmas album slightly disappointed. "'Lulu' Part 2 - just to piss everybody off! [laughs]," Ulrich jokingly kicked off. "I believe that there's an announcement on October 8. But don't hold me to that, I've been a little caught up in ["Through the Never"]. It's not anything of that magnitude." When asked on whether the announcement is related to a Christmas album, the drummer added: "I wish! There may be a few of you that would be disappointed, it's not anything quite at that level. I found myself telling one of your colleagues earlier, there's an Iron Maiden album called 'The Final Frontier.' So I'll borrow that from my interview an hour ago, and say, 'My clue will be the Iron Maiden album, 'The Final Frontier.'' There you go." During the rest of the chat, Lars mostly focused on "Through the Never" 3D film, stressing that "compromise is not Metallica's major strength." The film officially hit IMAX theaters on September 27 and then rolled out to regular 3D cinemas last Friday (October 4). The movie's soundtrack was subsequently released and managed to score a No. 9 debut on the Billboard 200 chart with 26,000 units shipped in the US within the first week. But back to the big announcement - what do you think we might be looking at here?

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    Metallica - Deep Space Nine?
    Maybe it's not so much the theme of space, but the fact that when Iron Maiden made Final Frontier, they went into more of a progressive direction than before. Also wasn't Final Frontier a concept album? I wouldn't be surprised if Metallica did that.
    correct me if im wrong but was final frontier the first maiden album with janick gers? 'tallica getting a third guitarist maybe?
    I thought Brave New World was Maidens first album with all 3 guitarists? I may be wrong though.
    Gers has been around since the 90's. And they've had 3 guitarists since about 2000.
    Or a second bass player... ?
    I actually think that'd be interesting, get Jason back in to do normal basslines while Rob plays lead bass. I'll be honest, I just want it cause I miss Jason's vocals on Seek and Destroy, Whiplash, Harvester of Sorrow, etc.
    Even if they had a hundred bass players, they'd mix out all the low-end on their studio recordings.
    No, it wasn't. First Iron Maiden album with Janick Gers was No Prayer For The Dying. You're only missing 20 years of Janick's Iron Maiden career...
    no actually. Janick did a Trujillo actually. He joined after the album was either recorder or written
    That would sorta be cool. But who could it possibly be? Who would I even want in Metallica?
    Maybe they're getting Dave back for an album. That'd be interesting to hear. Havin Dave and James singing together on some stuff....duel lead guitars....
    I'm guessing the hint is the song called "Coming Home." They are probably playing a show in their home town: San Fransisco
    Or he was referencing "El Dorado" and Metallica is going to discover the lost golden city and have a concert there
    Hm... they'll buy their own plane, name it The Lightning, and tour the world with it? I'd like to see that happen. Metallica, riding The Lightning all over the world.
    They already have a plane, but The Lightning would be a cool name for it!
    the -lulu effect... Metallica go back in time and kill themselves at the Black Albums release party...sparring us the current "Kiss" ..I mean Metallica from selling us kids games thongs toothbrush s dishwasher soap n other Metallica "novelties" who don't record new music
    maybe they're announcing a cruise? like everyone's doing these music cruise package festival things. maybe a metallicruise?
    On the Final Frontier tour, they didn't play many of the classic tunes. Maybe a tour with only the obscure tunes like "Escape"?
    I concur with those who predict they'll be announcing a producer. I really hope they've decided not to work with Rick Rubin again. It's shameful that a band at Metallica's level can't get a competent producer/engineer to mix an album that sounds like music. You can make a better sounding album than Death Magnetic on an iPad these days.
    Final Frontier could be Maiden's last studio album. I think they will announce something like a last album for their careers and retire after the next world tour for that album
    Maybe they're just doing nothing but saying they are so they can keep people talking about them or something like that...
    guys, just retire, move on and bury the metallica name. you're gonna look silly sooner or later acting like you're the forefronters of metal.
    And you're saying they aren't? You know how many bands are inspired by these guys?
    their music did in'88 ...but have since let millions of musicians who actually play guitar down. and keep doing no they are not frontrunner s they're quickly becoming has beens
    The Final Frontier tour had Dream Theater supporting them. Maybe Dream Theater is in the equation?
    Even they realize how awful Lulu is. I honestly have no faith in any new material they will put out as I'm almost certain it will be disappointing
    "compromise is not metallica's major strength" actually compromise is what i have heard since the black album
    Compromise is what would have happened if they'd just made the Black Album again dumb shit
    ...or maybe the "Coming Home" song?A special San Francisco or LA gig?
    For once, as much as I hate to say it, I gotta agree Lu part 2 would be cool. It'd literally be oversold by Kids Bop but still. With how much the majority utterly hated Lulu, continuing in that direction would show they found their missing spines. They traded their songwriting ability for it but that's ok. Still won't listen to it. Also thumbs up for boobs.
    If it has to do with The Final Frontier then I'd say they're going to use Kevin Shirley as a producer. But that's a guess.
    "The Final Frontier" as soon as I read that I instantly saw this headline.. "Metallica Announces FINAL Studio Album" For f**ks sake please let me be WRONG! Otherwise sending a Metallica album into space would be pretty cool.
    I too had the thought that maybe the "final frontier" hint was a "we got one more album in us and we're done" kind of thing. How much longer can they stand up on stage and play 2 hour shows consisting of 7-10 minute songs. Age might not be everything but it sure as hell doesn't make things easier.
    As long as Lars is making money, Metallica will keep going, don't worry
    Made enough money, sold the same songs enough times in enough live compilations, ... one final tour?... with a live DVD, live album, metclub download, movie, hologram, sticker, snare drum... table
    I'm guessing they are sending music into space, a Iron Maider cover album would be cool, but that would mean that they would have to record new music and i don't think they want to do that...
    I liked Rob Halford's Christmas album.. Wouldn't really mind a Metallica one..
    metallica - Jingle Bells.....thats the metallica album we all want haha
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    [quote] Shuei5 posted on Oct 07, 2013 05:43 am #A Lulu part 2 would be cool because it would be a big "**** you, we do what we want". Then I'd give credit to Metallica... For the first time ever. [quote] Well they pretty much did that already, St.Anger was supposed to say "**** you, we do what we want".
    Metallica II. The Wrath of Lulu
    That'd be hilarious. It's nice to see Lars knows a lot of people didn't like Lulu and can make jokes about it.
    A Lulu part 2 would be cool because it would be a big "**** you, we do what we want". Then I'd give credit to Metallica... For the first time ever.
    But they've done that already with St. Anger and Lulu, much more than any other band as huge as them. I think they already deserve credit for that. Do you see any other Big Four band doing this kind of things?
    Pretty sure Lulu Part 1 was a big "**** you, we do what we want". Actually, so was S&M, Load, Reload, St. Anger, Death Magnetic, Black Album, AJFA, MoP, RtL, Kill'em All.... Yeah, they've pretty much done what they wanted for 30 years.
    'My clue will be the Iron Maiden album, 'The Final Frontier.' I'm guessing they will play a concert in space.... on board of the USS Enterprise. The other article about Metallica being 100% financial independant seems to be true.
    A big announcement...." Metallica making new and good music" ...what a shock! I doubt it though..
    Maybe these guys are just so advanced that we don't understand Lulu yet. Maybe in 20 years our children will love it.