The music industry is still recovering from the tragic loss of Lou Reed over the weekend, and slowly but surely the tributes have begun to roll out.
Performing before a sold-out crowd in the UK last night, rock outfit Arctic Monkeys became one of the first groups to pay homage to the fallen icon in a live setting with a stunning rendition of Reed’s smash hit “Walk On The Wild Side.” The song was performed as the introduction to the band’s encore, and before they began frontman Alex Turner counted them in as the crowd went wild. You can view a high quality fan-shot video from the performance at the end of this post.
Comment below and let us know what you think of Arctic Monkeys’ take on this classic song. (more…)
Lou Reed, co-founder of the Velvet Underground, solo artist, poet, and photographer, died yesterday from complications stemming from a liver transplant in May.
VU bandmate John Cale released a statement:
The news I feared the most, pales in comparision 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.
Reed’s artistic impact on the world is equaled by very few. He made spectacular music, took great chances, challenged his audience, and simply didn’t care about those who might not get it – which sometimes included nearly everyone. That his final release was 2011’s Lulu, a much-maligned collaboration with Metallica, is certainly lamented by fans. But Reed would likely be unfazed, probably even a little pleased, that he left us somewhat confounded.
Writer Steve Erickson has composed a tribute that succinctly describes the loss from a fan’s perspective: “Reed’s genius was to score a literary landscape of Jean Genet, Iceberg Slim, and Raymond Chandler to Brill Building doo-wop, girl-group and trash-pop, a Marvin Gaye lick thrown in here, a surf harmony thrown in there,” he writes. Later he muses, “Reed’s work endures not because it shocks but because it forgives, because it depicts humanity not at its most debased but at its most human.”
I wish that I was born a thousand years ago
I wish that I’d sail the darkened seas
On a great big clipper ship
Going from this land here to that
In a sailor’s suit and cap
Away from the big city
Where a man can not be free
– Lou Reed, “Heroin” (Velvet Underground)
What do Jane Fonda, Johnny Depp, Gianni Versace, and Elliott Murphy have in common? They’re all among the recipients of France’s Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris, a high cultural honor that’s presented by the mayor of Paris himself. The most recent singer to be awarded the medal was French chanson legend Juliette Greco, but on October 1, New York-born singer/songwriter Murphy became the first American musician to be so honored, in a ceremony overseen by the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoí«. (more…)
Billy Corgan, frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins and famously cantankerous commentator on the current state of the music industry, is reportedly writing a “spiritual memoir” that contains “plenty of sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Though Corgan has insisted that the book “isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll autobiography,” he has already teased some of the eccentric personal anecdotes that readers can expect from a man who’s hobnobbed with the alt rock elite. In an interview with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies, the hosts of Good Morning Australia, Corgan revealed that he once hung out in a teepee at Neil Young’s house with Young, Marilyn Manson, Lou Reed, and “probably Harvey Keitel, or something.” We can’t wait to hear the end of that one. In May of last year, Rolling Stone reported that Corgan was already about one-third of the way through the book, having written about 300 pages. At that pace, Corgan could be on track to finish his memoir fairly soon. However, he’ll likely have to put writing on the backburner for the time being, as The Smashing Pumpkins are about to set off on a two-month-long North American tour. Check out the dates below.
SEPTEMBER 22 ¢¢¢ MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
SEPTEMBER 23 ¢¢¢ MONTERREY, MEXICO
OCTOBER 2 ¢¢¢ MTS CENTER, WINNIPEG
OCTOBER 4 ¢¢¢ SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME, CALGARY
OCTOBER 5 ¢¢¢ REXHALL PLACE, EDMONTON
OCTOBER 7 ¢¢¢ ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER
OCTOBER 10 ¢¢¢ COMCAST ARENA, SEATTLE
OCTOBER 12 ¢¢¢ BILL GRAHAM CIVIC, SAN FRANCISCO
OCTOBER 13 ¢¢¢ VIEJAS ARENA, SAN DIEGO
OCTOBER 14 ¢¢¢ GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE, LOS ANGELES
OCTOBER 18 ¢¢¢ CHAIFETZ ARENA, ST LOUIS
OCTOBER 19 ¢¢¢ ALLSTATE ARENA, CHICAGO
OCTOBER 20 ¢¢¢ ROY WILKINS AUDITORIUM, ST. PAUL
OCTOBER 23 ¢¢¢ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS, DETROIT
OCTOBER 25 ¢¢¢ AIR CANADA CENTRE, TORONTO
OCTOBER 27 ¢¢¢ AGGANIS ARENA, BOSTON
OCTOBER 28 ¢¢¢ BELL CENTRE, MONTREAL
OCTOBER 31 ¢¢¢ BARCLAYS ARENA, BROOKLYN
NOVEMBER 2 ¢¢¢ SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER, CAMDEN
NOVEMBER 3 ¢¢¢ PATRIOT CENTER, FAIRFAX
NOVEMBER 4 ¢¢¢ MOHEGAN SUN ARENA, HARTFORD
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