Goodbye Lou Reed, enjoy wherever you have gone.
Like many I heard the news yesterday that Lou has passed on, and I feel slightly saddened.
I can’t say I had many of his records or was a hardcore fan but those records I have, I am glad I have. They have some absolutely stunning and brilliant tracks – among the best rock music has produced. Those records have remained essential in my collection for many years and I wouldn’t want to be without them (those being the first 3 Velvet lp’s and 1989’s New York) – maybe one day I will get Transformer again.
I do wonder what sort of music scene we would have had without the Lou Reed and the Velvet’s – truly influential.
A regret I have is I never saw Lou in concert – somehow the timing wasn’t right and I always had a niggling doubt about liking him enough to enjoy a concert of his – in that way I find him like Neil Young (another giant I haven’t seen). So now I now rue the fact that I had a ticket for the ’93 Velvet reunion our and didn’t go because it was Wembley Arena on a Sunday night – the most unappetising concert venue & timing combination I can think of.
Anyway life moves on and we can look forward to the 45th Anniversary edition of White Light/ White Heat coming out at the beginning of December -in various editions including a Vinyl Double lp (yippie) – check out the Universal Music web site for more info.
May you rest in peace Mr Reed knowing your work will live on and on..