Yesterday, Lou Reed lost his battle with liver disease. As news of his death spread, a number of musicians paid tribute to the later rocker. Pearl Jam covered The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting For the Man” during their concert in Baltimore, and Neil Young capped off his annual Bridge School Benefit with an all-star performance of VU’s “Oh Sweet Nuthin’” alongside My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, and Jenny Lewis.
Pearl Jam – “I’m Waiting For the Man”:
Neil Young, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket, and Jenny Lewis – “Oh Sweet Nuthin’”:
Several other artists, including David Bowie, Morrissey, and Reed’s former bandmate John Cale, paid tribute to Reed via social media:
R.I.P. LOU REED
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lou Reed who died today aged 71. (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013)
David Bowie said of his old friend: “He was a master.”
‘Oh Lou / why did you leave us this way?’
No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself.
We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty.
’7 glasses used to be
called for six good mates and me
now we only call for three’
The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way —losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill…broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories—we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us.