Project will be based around a play written about the life of an abused dancer

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Metallica and Lou Reed have named their collaborative album ‘Lulu’ and confirmed it has been given a release date of October 31.

The metal titans and the former Velvet Underground man have launched a joint website Loureedmetallica.com and have posted a lengthy update about ‘Lulu’.

They wrote of the album: “‘Lulu’ was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind’s plays ‘Earth Spirit’ and ‘Pandora’s Box’, which tell a story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships. Since their publication in the early 1900s, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film, an opera, and countless other creative endeavors.”

It continues: “Originally the lyrics and musical landscape were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin, but after coming together with the Metallica boys for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 all guilty parties knew they wanted to make more music together. Lou was inspired enough by that performance to recently ask the band to join him in taking his theatrical ‘Lulu’ piece to the next level and so starting in early May of this year we were all camped out recording at HQ studios in Northern California, bringing us to today and ten complete songs.”

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