Lady Gaga to Perform with Metallica at Grammys

Heavy metal lovers, rejoice: Lady Gaga will perform a duet with Metallica at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards. The announcement was made via a TV commercial, now uploaded to Twitter by a fan site:

Gaga’s certainly had quite the week, fresh off her electric Super Bowl performance and the announcement of her Joanne World Tour. She’ll be joined onstage by other power-pairings as well: The Weeknd performing with Daft Punk and Alicia Keys alongside country singer Maren Morris. A very pregnant Beyoncé, Adele, Bruno Mars, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood are all also slated to peroform. And, last but not least, Katy Perry will make her return to music with a new single to follow up 2013’s Prism.

Gaga has a history of loving Metallica – back in her early days, she and her friend Lady Starlight would alight hairspray on fire and perform burlesque shows to the rock band’s classic anthems.

The Grammys air at 8 PM EST on CBS.

Righteous Baby Rocks Out To Metallica At Naptime

Anyone who has suffered through episodes of Wonder Pets can appreciate a child with a more refined palette — such as this righteous baby who rocks out to Metallica at naptime.

Okay, "rocks out" isn’t the right verb to use: he’s gently lulled to sleep by an acoustic version of Nothing Else Matters. And he loves it. Who else does his daddy have in his musical repetoire? Guns ‘n Roses perhaps?


Get Decked Out Like a Rock Star in Kicks From M83, Socks From Big Boi

If your commitment to your favorite bands is at the level of dropping some serious change to dress like them, well, thanks to some recent new accessory launches, you can make that happen from head to toe. Beginning last month with the announcement of Los Angeles designers Keep collaborating with Bon Iver to design an adorable, kitten-friendly sneaker, a number of musicians have announced similar sartorial designs. Last week, OutKast’s Big Boi, himself a style icon perhaps more recognized for his dapper suits and bow ties, has declared himself the “sock king” and plans to collaborate with Crooks and Castles to design a line of designer socks for the stylish but active emcee on the go. Perhaps there will be a deluxe edition of his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors that will come with a pair of his socks included.

Also available on the footwear front is a new pair of Chuck Taylors designed by the dreamy pop group M83. The white, celestial-patterned sneaks, which feature the band’s name crudely scrawled along the side, will run you $65 and are available online. Which made us wonder: is wearing the band’s footwear to their show the same as wearing their shirt in terms of concert-etiquette bad form?

If you’d prefer to express your affinity for one of the biggest metal acts in the world through Guy Fieri-esque (thank you, Marah from the AV Club, because really, there’s not really a better way to describe them) headwear, most notably a pair of sunglasses designed by frontman James Hetfield that many middle-aged dudes will probably wear around the backs of their heads, or while headbanging. The “Hetfield”shades, designed by the rocker and Sutro Eyewear of San Francisco, will cost about $219.99. Sutro says the Hetfield fram is “designed to take whatever a 24-stop eastern European tour can throw at it,” while Hetfield describes the glasses as “built to look faster than a speeding riff and to handle the life of a road dog like me.” Road dogs, take note. 

Lou Reed Will Tour ‘From VU to LULU’ This Summer

It is possible that you are one of the people who enjoyed Lou Reed and Metallica’s art-metal album, Lulu, much in the way that it’s possible that you could incur bird flu one day, or perhaps play Ultimate Frisbee while sober. If you’re one of the few, you’ll be excited to know that Lou Reed is embarking on a tour this summer called "From VU to Lulu," which will presumably touch on those songs and the ones in between from his long, long career. It’s European only, for now, but if you start an online petition I’m sure Reed will announce U.S. dates soon enough.

He’ll be without Metallica, unfortunately, but that could be for the best. Instead, you will maybe get to hear "Sister Ray" go right into "The View." And then your head will explode. Here are those dates, via Pitchfork, as well as a video that superimposes Grandpa Simpson’s voice over the Lulu instrumentals for what really should have been. 

06-06 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
06-08 Nyon, Switzerland – Caribana Festival
06-09 Paris, France – Montereau Festival
06-11 Paris, France – Olympia
06-12 Lille, France – L’Aeronef
06-14 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
06-15 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
06-18 Copenhagen, Denmark – Falconer Salen
06-20 Berlin, Germany – Citadel Music Festival
06-23 Mainz, Germany – Zollhafen/Nordmole
06-25 Clermont Ferrand, France – Cooperative de Mai 
06-26 Bordeaux, France – Fete le Vin
06-29 Bonn, Germany – Kunst!Rasen
06-30 Dresden, Germany – Filmnächte am Elbufer
07-01 Munich, Germany – Tollwood Festival, Olympic Park
07-05 Trencin, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival

Lou Reed & Metallica Release Video Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Lou Reed and Metallic are like pizza and ice cream, amazing in their own right but terrible when mixed together.  Their collaborative album LuLu was panned by pretty much everyone with eardrums, but that doesn’t mean you’ve heard the last of them.  "Loutallica" has released their first video, done by Black Swan, The Wrestler, and creepy PSA director Darren Aronofsky,  for the song "The View." Put your speakers on mute and click through to take a look.

"The first time I heard ‘The View’ I was stunned," Aronofsky said. "I had never heard anything like it. Half was all Lou. The other half all Metallica. It was a marriage that on the surface made no sense, but the fusion changed the way I thought about both artists and morphed into something completely fresh and new. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Lou’s crushing lyrics, and the band’s incredible licks."  

Shot in black and white noir-style with distorted frames and blurs, it looks rock-star cool in all elements, but you have to wonder if they used Aronofsky’s talents enough.  Where is the sex, the violence, the drug use? Shock value seems requisite from the man who made Requiem for a Dream, but maybe the music is already shocking enough. Thoughts?

Lou Reed and Metallica’s Live Performance Should Not Have Been Televised

Last night, Lou Reed and Metallica appeared on the BBC’s Later With Jools Holland to promote their new collaborative album, Lulu. Here’s some background information on the album: Influential music sites hate it. What it has going for it, however, is the fact that it’s contained within a compact disc or compressed lines of computer code, and that it doesn’t exist in the world of the living. But that changed last night when Lou Reed and Metallica performed in front of a live studio audience in Great Britain.

Lulu consists of original tracks, but Lou and Metallica covered The Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat” last night. Or at least that’s what they say; it’s really hard to tell.

What we have here is the musical equivalent of a horse track euthanization without the curtain. There’s not much to do except pray it never happens again. To cleanse your brain, listen to the original version of “White Light/White Heat,” if your ears can still hear sounds.

Metallica Drummer Boxes Basquiat

Who ever said death metal and fine art were mutually exclusive? Moreover, who also ever said you even needed to be relevant to the pop culture zeitgeist in order to sell records these days? Looking to compound his band’s recent good fortune, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is taking time between tour stops to cash in on the buoyant art market (still an anomaly in an otherwise bleak economy).

Ulrich is looking to unload his Jean-Michel Basquiat original, with a little help from Christie’s. It’s not that he has anything against “Untitled (Boxer),” but Ulrich is looking to invest in emergent artists these days. The 1982 piece hits the auction block November 12. Bidding is expected to top $12 million.