Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has broken the band’s silence following the death last Sunday (October 27th) of rock legend Lou Reed, who passed away from liver disease at the age of 71. Metallica collaborated with Reed on the 2011 concept album Lulu, and although the disc was a commercial and critical disaster, it stands for now as the last musical work recorded and released by the former Velvet Underground frontman. Amid a flood of tributes and comments from musicians all over the world following Reed’s death, Metallica did not issue any sort of official statement.
But now writing in the U.K.’s Guardian, Ulrich said that the band had last communicated with Reed in September. He was supposed to come to their Apollo Theater show in New York on September 21st, but was unable to make it because of his failing health. Ulrich said, “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.”