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.

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:

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Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine:


Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth:



Nile Rodgers:



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Mike Scott of the Waterboys:


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Elizabeth Cook:


Cyndi Lauper:


Amanda Palmer:


David Bowie:


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:

We had the honor of playing with Lou Reed on a festival bill in Germany when we were touring with the Violent Femmes in 1992. As we were walking up onstage, Lou was sitting in the grass next to the stage. I nervously approached and said hi, and he said "go up there and show em' how to Rock and Roll, after all, we invented it." His comment made my head spin. The entire time we were up onstage playing I was thinking, "did he mean Americans, or him and The Velvet Underground?" Because either statement would be true. Think about it for a second... long before the Ramones, without whom there never would have been the Sex Pistols or punk music, long before Patti Smith, long before Glam, noise rock, grunge, indie, long before the Smiths, Pavement, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and on and on... there was Lou Reed.

Thank you, Lou. You are the true father of Rock and Roll. We all are forever in your debt.

- Trey Anastasio

 

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