The music world mourns Lou Reed as Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Black Crowes raise guitars in tribute
Reactions to the death of Lou Reed, who died Sunday at the age of 71, filtered in throughout much of day, and shifted into live tributes at evening concerts among some of his friends and more ardent musician-fans.
As word traveled on Sunday morning, musicians from across the musical spectrum used Twitter and Facebook to scratch out tributes to Reed.
Former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale:
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine:
My intro to Lou Reed/Velvet Underground was Janes Addiction cover of 'Rock n Roll'. He was a singular, unique talent. RIP Lou and thanks— Tom Morello (@tmorello) October 27, 2013
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth:
So sorry to hear of Lou Reed s passing this is a huge shock!— Kim Gordon (@KimletGordon) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed, R.I.P. I did the Jools Holland show with him last year and we yucked it up. I didn't know he was ill.... http://t.co/enOpYpnGlg— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.— The Who (@TheWho) October 27, 2013
Mike Scott of the Waterboys:
RIP Lou Reed. Thanks for our bandname and all the influence and great songs.— Mike Scott (@MickPuck) October 27, 2013
And Mike Scott again:
Can I teach my band the whole first Velvet Underground album by showtime?— Mike Scott (@MickPuck) October 27, 2013
I still can't believe Lou Reed passed away. I'm sorry for his family's loss. greatful for his music and the influence he had on my music.— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) October 27, 2013
i read this on a phone in the back of a cab and just kept hoping it was faked. Lou reed can't die. http://t.co/mvs5k2d2Pv— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) October 27, 2013
On stage Sunday night, Pearl Jam covered the Velvet Underground's "Waiting For The Man" in Baltimore, MD.
Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, My Morning Jacket and others paid tribute at Sunday night's edition of the Bridge School benefit concert in Mountain View, CA, with a take on "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'."
The Black Crowes covered the same song in New York.
Outside of YouTube's reach, Gov't Mule reportedly dialed up a three-song suite of "Sweet Jane," "Walk On The Wild Side" and "Waiting For The Man" at their Eugene, OR show. And across the country, Phish opened theor Hartford, CT show with a rave-up of "Rock and Roll," a tip of the hat to the written note that frontman Tray Anastasio posted to the Phish site earlier in the day:
Thank you, Lou. You are the true father of Rock and Roll. We all are forever in your debt.
- Trey Anastasio