The unique musical pairing have reportedly snagged Dutch photographer, music video and film director Anton Corbijn to do the photo for the cover of their upcoming collaborative album.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports Corbijn and Reed were seen hanging around with Metallica over the weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden, where the band played the Big 4 concert at Ullevi Stadium.
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo were also spotted Tuesday night at Reed’s concert at Grand Rex in Paris, France.
In announcing the project to fans last month, Metallica said “Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together. Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months.”
“In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and, while at this moment, we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week.”
“A true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians, and performers in rock music history, Lou's work with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist has such an enduring quality that he has long been revered and respected by us and many of our peers. We can't wait for you to listen to the finished record, so as we like to hear ourselves say around here, keep watching this spot for updates . . . we'll be back with more details as they come together.”
No release date has been announced for the as-yet-untitled album.
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