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London: Rocker Lou Reed has received a barrage of ‘threatening’ letters from Metallica fans angry over his collaboration with the rockers.

The 69-year-old veteran musician, who teamed up with the heavy metal band to record new album Lulu, admits many of the group’s devotees are unhappy about the record and have sent him reams of unpleasant messages.

“(They) are threatening to shoot me, and that’s only because I showed up. They haven’t even heard the record yet, and they’re recommending various forms of torture and death,” he said.

However, the ‘Perfect Day’ hitmaker is not letting the threats upset him, adding, “I don’t have any fans left. After (1975 album) Metal MAChine Music, they all fled. Who cares? I’m essentially in this for the fun of it.”

Metallica star Lars Ulrich has also shrugged off the negative response from fans, insisting they are used to criticism over the band’s choices.

“In 1984, when hard-core Metallica fans heard acoustic guitars on Fade to Black, there was a nuclear meltdown in the heavy-metal community.

There have been many more since then. “This (album) is something they’ve never heard. Nobody hears rhythms or delivers poetry the way Lou does. It’s not for everyone, but I think it’s a fantastic record,” Ulrich added. (PTI)

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