Metallica and Lou Reed performed live last night (Friday, November 11) for a special radio broadcast in Germany on 1LIVE. Four hundred lucky fans were in the audience to check out the songs from the recent release “Lulu”. The broadcast aired on a number of Germany’s public broadcast network stations, and all participating stations also hosted the live stream on their web sites.
Metallica and Reed performed the songs “The View”, “Dragon”, “Iced Honey”, “Mistress Dread” and “Junior Dad” off “Lulu”, plus a cover version of The Velvet Underground classic “White Light/White Heat.” Fan were also able to ask ‘Loutallica’ questions follwing the performance.
“Lulu” sold 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 36 on The Billboard 200 chart. Compare that with Metallica”s last studio effort, 2008’s “Death Magnetic”, which sold 490,000 copies in just a three-day sales window after it came out on a Friday. The reviews for the project have not been good, and personally I am not a fan, but it’s worth checking out the footage to see the songs done live. Metallica and Lou Reed have downplayed the scathing reviews that the album has gotten, with Reed saying that Metallica fans are “threatening to shoot me.” Drummer Lars Ulrich defended the project, saying, “It’s not for everyone, but I think it’s a fantastic record.” I watched the footage….sorry, I think it still sucks. Quality looking footage though.