Rob Trujillo: 'Fans Thought Lulu Was Crap'

Bassist reflects on controversial Metallica/Lou Reed record.

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Metallica's recent collaboration with Lou Reed was perhaps the most controversial record of the band's career. Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, bassist Rob Trujillo has conceded (via Metal Hammer) that it wasn't exactly what fans were after:

"Obviously there were mixed reviews on our Lou Reed experience. Some people thought it was an amazing artistic statement. A lot of Metallica fans thought it was crap. (Laughs)"

However, Trujillo claims that the process of moving into uncharted territory was important for Metallica's development as a band:

"You take chances and kind of go with the flow of it. We just try to have a good time. That's the name of the game - be creative - and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't work.

"That's what makes the band special - the fact that Metallica can go in and play with an orchestra and collaborate with the likes of a Lou Reed, and actually do a bit of improvising in uncharted territory.

"In this day and age, it's important in staying relevant, especially for us. We're inspired by so much, we like to try things. Sometimes financially it can be a task ...

We're there to deliver the passion we feel for music. When we put on the guitars it's like we're kids again. And that's different from a lot of bands when they get older, to still connect with music that way. We come up with so many riffs - our problem is trying to keep them all out of one song. (Laughs) It's a good problem to have.

"Right now we're having a hard time focusing on making a new record because there's so much else going on."

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    That headline is the equivalent of "people realized you need air to breathe." I do respect 'em for going full-risky, though, even if the results could be considered full-retard.
    Collaborating with Lou was indeed risky, however, I still feel like the idea should have been tabled.
    The result isn't full-retard... It's just that Lulu was to much experimental. There's good songs on this record. "The View" "Pumping Blood" "Frustration". There's also the worst song ever made "Mistress Dread". The album is not amazing at the end... but certainly not crap...
    Man i cannot call "The View" a good music, the lyrics are funny(not in a good way), it's repetitive as hell and Lars just doesn't stop to hit that damned cymbal. i respect when a musician try different things, but the "they hate it because is different" is no different than the "they hate because they're jealous" excuse.
    I'd be more prone to taking this need to express yourself creatively and branch out seriously if he'd have exhausted himself more with Metallica work than just 2 albums.
    Funny thing is, biggest cultural impact Lulu had, was all the "I am the table" jokes.
    Fans thought water is wet.
    Ulrich said water isn't for everyone. So if you're going to complain that water is wet, why don't you go drink gravel?
    I figure them packing stadiums all over the world makes them still relevant. Just my opinion, though.
    Forever not being able to eat food at the dinner table incase James is watching me..
    Drache Wachter
    It's not just the dinner table you should be worried about. He's everywhere.
    Yeah true. Doesnt help that i have a table right next to my bed either. Sleep is not an option.
    The Metallica parts weren't half bad. The chorus in The View was pretty catchy. Lou Reed's... ahem, "vocals" on the album were truly atrocious though.
    Because I agreed with what you said I didn't know if I wanted to upvote based on what you said or downvote based on how Lou reed makes me feel!
    Ya think? Glad to see they're having a laugh about it now though.
    "Some people thought it was an artistic achievement" Yes, 5 to be exact.
    Thanks captain obvious... Apart from that though, I can totally see where they come from in trying new things. Much respect to them for it. Metallica is a band that actually makes music for themselves, rather than trying to please everyone else.
    The way he's almost apologizing for the record makes it sound like he thinks it's crap too.
    Why do bands have to cater to the same specific audience throughout their active career?
    they don't have to. they choose to. its the music business. a product gets produced and marketed at consumers.
    I think you might be a little confused. just cause something isn't new doesn't mean its not relevant to music today. For example I'd consider Pink Floyd relevant to music today because so many bands still look to them for inspiration. Just like i hear Metallica in A LOT of metal recordings to this day
    I truly do feel bad for Metallica. I mean some of their "fans" just expect them to dance to their tune and if they release an album that isn't basically a copy paste of their first four records then they jump on the "****ing stop making music". It has to be remembered that they can do whatever if they want. Just like they did with this record. Yet the expectation from them is that they release some "brutal" metal record. If Metallica decided tomorrow to release an album of Britney Spears covers I probably wouldn't like it but at least I would respect their decision to do so.
    Diamond Head and etc. Yes Metallica covered them, but with cleaner palm mutes.
    The Snowman
    It wound up being a steaming shitpile, but at least they took a chance on something. Better than just putting out the same three songs for thirty years.