If you were hoping that Metallica’s next tour would be in support of a new album, it looks like that won’t be the case. Instead, the band has announced plans for a tour that will celebrate the life of Lou Reed, who passed away last year. The celebration will involve Metallica playing Lulu in its entirety with the help of a holographic Lou Reed. This marks the first time in history that a band will tour with a holographic musician. Skeptics will of course dismiss it, but if Lou Reed ends up looking anything like Tupac from Coachella 2012, it could be a very interesting show that will set the standard for future tours that choose to utilize holograms.
Lars Ulrich commented on tour:
“We loved Lou dearly and Lulu was the last piece of music he recorded. The album didn’t really get its due when he was alive, so we wanted to honor him in death by playing it on tour the way he would have wanted.”
James Hetfield also commented:
“Fans have been waiting for a new album from us for awhile, but we can only spend so much time writing and recording. This tour will not only give us a breather, but also an opportunity to honor one of the greatest rock musicians in history.”
In addition to playing Lulu, Metallica will also be playing their own songs, but with a twist: they will mash up their songs with some of Lou Reed’s best known works. The titles of the mash up songs include “Perfect Day That Never Comes”, “Trapped Under the Satellite of Love”, and “Wherever I May Roam on the Wild Side.” An official list of tour dates is expected soon.