METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has written an exclusive tribute piece for the UK's Theguardian.com to the late LOU REED who died this past Sunday, October 27, at the age of 71. His last recordings included a collaboration with METALLICA on the album Lulu.
Ulrich writes: "We had communicated about a month ago when we were going to come by New York to play the Apollo, and Lou was going to come to the show and hang out. He didn't make it because his health took a turn for the worse, so I knew things were not good, but I didn't know it was that serious. So I was half shocked and half crushed – shocked that he went so quickly and crushed over the loss."
"We were both outsiders," Ulrich continues, "we both never felt comfortable going down the same path that everyone else was doing. Metallica's always been autonomous, and Lou Reed is the godfather of being an outsider, being autonomous, marching to his own drum, making every project different from the previous one and never feeling like he had a responsibility to anybody other than himself. We shared kinship over that. And we brought him something that he didn't have, or maybe hadn't experienced so much, which in his own words were 'energy' and "weight" and "size" and whatever it is that happens when we start playing. He was so into what we brought him. And, of course, he brought us this incredible piece of work that he had already written, Lulu, and about her escapades and sexual endeavours. We brought something to each other, and we shared a common lack of ability to fit in with our surroundings."
Read more at Theguardian.com.