Celebrities react online to Lou Reed's death


Irmin Schmidt: 1967. May, if I remember it right. I came home from a rehearsal conducting the Bochumer Sinfoniker: Debussy, Schönberg, Cage. [CAN manager] Hildegard sat there with Jon Hassell and Serge Tcherepnin listening to a brand new record they had just bought. Something strange happened. It was as if I had been waiting for this sound: “I’m Waiting For My Man” – there he was, destructive, encouraging, revealing. “The Black Angel’s Death Song” was like a sudden awakening: I should change my life. And I did. I formed CAN. Thank you Lou!

Reinhold Friedl: […] and Metal Machine Music! What music! We have now played it for years at different festivals all over Europe, and it became a kind of classic in zeitkratzer’s repertoire. We finally recorded the full version of all four parts of it for the first time in Italy last year, and are just about to release it. We are sad that this great musician passed away too early, and we will include the fourth part in our programme at the Worldtronic festival at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin on 1 December. That’s what Metal Machine Music has become: worldtronics! And Lou Reed was not only rock ’n’ roll – he was a real composer! Thank you, Lou

John Cale: The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet…I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy’

“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”.

Moe Tucker:

“Lou was, I don’t know — Lou and I had a special friendship. I loved him very much. He was always encouraging and helpful to me and a good friend. When you’re involved in something with someone, whether it’s winning the Super Bowl or whatever, I think those people who were with you at the time are special to you always. Yeah, actually I did know at the time that it was special, playing with them. I’m super glad Lou and I remained friends all this time. Not close like we’d tell each other secrets like girlfriends or guy friends might, but a respect, I guess. The Velvet guys, they were like brothers. I felt more from them than just “we were in a band together.” Lou and I and Sterling [Morrison], too—I’ve known Sterling since I was 10—you know, it was a good bunch. I had a great time and loved them all very much, and I’m really kind of off-kilter over this… Many people, I think, have the impression that Lou was kind of a grouchy son of a bitch, but that’s not true. He’d be grouchy. He didn’t tolerate someone who has a job and does it badly. That just drove him nuts, and those were the kind of instances where he could be what some people would consider “holy shit.” But you can’t blame him, because how many years did he put up with people who didn’t know what the hell they were talking about when they came to interview him and stuff like that? I loved him very much, and I’m going to miss him”.

Henry Rollins: “put together a playlist to show how damn hard Lou impacted the world of music by mixing in cover versions of his songs with his, so you could hear some other voices interpreting his work and, in this way, salute the man and the music. It’s great”.

Patti Smith: In mourning after the death of Lou Reed, one of the most important friends in my life. We’d better say so long, bye, bye, bye.(he walked on the wild side). I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future.The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, so why not the music?

Morrissey: ‘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.

David Bowie: He was a master

Iggy Pop: Devastating news. I loved Lou. I admired Lou very much. He was a very genuine person. He was always decent to me. His talent was so wonderful in my life and it gave me great pleasure and guidance. I am sure that his was a worthwhile life, and one he would have enjoyed had it continued longer. He and his wife Laurie were such a good couple. Iggy

Brian Eno: RIP Lou Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) – forever in our hearts 🙁

Kim Gordon: So sorry to hear of Lou Reed s passing this is a huge shock!

New York Dolls: Beautiful vocals….R.I.P. LOU REED

Geoff Barrow: Shit!!! Lou reed…. Bollox

Stuart Braithwaite: Venus In Furs. I Heard Her Call My Name. Pale Blue Eyes. Street Hassle. Rock and Roll. Perfect Day. Songs For Drella. Heroin. Thanks Lou

Dum Dum Girls: fuck lou

The Dandy Warhols: Sad news this Sunday morning with the word of Lou Reed’s passing at age 71. Here’s lookin’ at you, Lou

Nile Rodgers: 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

Carl Barat: Goodbye Lou Reed. You gave me my strength and helped me in my weakness.

Matador Records: thanking Lou Reed for minds blown, lives changed isn’t nearly enough

Lee Ranaldo: RIP Lou Reed. Irreplaceable

Mick Hucknall: RIP Lou Reed 71. You defined New York City. Too f****** young. Wayy too young. Berlin one of my most loved albums

Irvine Welsh: Sad to hear about Lou Reed passing. Such a star. RIP Lou, and thanks for giving us Perfect Day for Trainspotting

Darren Hayman: It’s a long rough haul being a Lou Reed fan. Many troughs, beautiful peaks. Push comes to shove though, he was my favourite. Never boring

The Who: R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side

Neil Gaiman: Goodnight Lou Reed. You beautiful prickly bastard. Thank you for the glorious songs and the conversations

Paul Myers: It’s been said that while the Velvet Underground’s debut didn’t sell a million records, everybody who heard it started a band

Billy Idol: R.I.P. Lou Reed & thank you & the Velvets. U were my inspiration in the ’70’s, 4 without you there would have been no punk rock!

Enrico Ruggeri: Nessuno potrà capire quanto Lou Reed é stato importante per la mia vita. Stasera suonare Sweet Jane sarà terribile.

Patrick Carney: R.I.P. Lou Reed.

Alessandro Gassmann: Morto l’immenso Lou Reed…INSOSTITUIBILE

Andrea Mirò: così, Lou Reed – Perfect Day

Okkervil River: Lou Reed might have been the single biggest influence on my music & his encouragement changed my life. I’m devastated

The Maccabees: RIP Lou Reed

Anthony Bourdain: “heavenly wine and roses…seem to whisper to me….when you smile ..” RIP Lou Reed

Sub Pop Records: Sunday Mourning–we’re going to miss you, Lou

Low: Thank you Lou Reed. Eternal White Light. You did good and we love you.

Rough Trade: Damn. The Guardian have had direct confirmation from Lou’s agent. Very sad. Rest in peace, Lou Reed

Beppe Carletti: Ciao @LouReed Grande Artista… Salutaci le stelle!

Piero Pelù: LOU REED è partito per la sua passeggiata nella dark side, il mio amore per lui è stato importante e controverso…


The Zen Circus: Postarlo su Facebook non serve a niente, è vero. Ma a noi tre l’esistenza di Lou Reed ha cambiato la vita.

Primavera Sound Festival: Rest In Peace Lou Reed

Colin Meloy: Lou Reed! No. Just no.

Samuel L. Jackson: R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!

DJ Ringo: Addio @LouReed. Sei stato uno dei più grandi di sempre

Nigel Godrich: Noooo!!! R.I.P. Lou Reed.. I had the great pleasure of meeting him once.. and he was very nice to me. A real gent. A real artist.. 🙁

Majical Cloudz: The condition of “Being Lou Reed” turned out to be fatal..

Jim James: RIP Lou Reed. you made the world a better place. we are forever grateful.

Nathan Followill: RIP Lou Reed.

Ryan Adams: Lou Reed.

Gerard Way: RIP Lou Reed.

Weezer: R.I.P Lou Reed – VU was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him.

Andy Warhol Museum: RIP Lou Reed : 1942 – 2013 – Rock and Roll legend and former lead songwriter of Warhol’s Velvet Underground

Whoopi Goldberg: The great & amazing Lou Reed has died my condolences 2 his wife Laurie Anderson.Lou was1of a kind & this colored girl still says dededede…

Roseanne Barr: Hail Hail, a genius has vacated this realm. RIP Lou Reed-it was awesome to be in a movie with him! (smoke-1993)

De La Soul: Lou Reed rip

Michael Franti: RIP @LouReed you will be missed

Susan Sarandon: NY lost one of its originals with Lou Reed‘s passing. So sad. RIP.

Massimo Bubola: Lou Reed è morto. Oggi è morto un grande vero poeta e siamo tutti più poveri. Massimo

Blood Red Shoes: RIP Lou Reed, you absolute legend

Marc Almond: Lou Reed‘s passing is a sad loss but he had AMAZING life The Velvets Warhol.Bowie just to start with, a fantastic body of work…

The Psychedelic Furs: Lou Reed…RIP. A true inspiration.

Alex Kapranos: I will remember Lou Reed fondly, particularly the time I rode past him in full cycling gear on the West Side Highway. He looked good.

The Chemical Brothers: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Cedric Bixler Zavala: Remembering when me, Jeremy & a little weirdo Puerto Rican had no courage 2approach Lou Reed in Amsterdam. we just followed him and stared.

20th Century Fox: R.I.P. Lou Reed, creator of many classics including ‘I’m sticking with you’ featured in @foxsearchlight‘s Juno

The Ataris: Lou Reed – True artist, poet, troubadour. The mark you left will continue to influence many lives to come. Thank you for your creativity.

Gary Numan: Lou Reed has died. That’s terrible news. A huge part of my younger years revolved around him and his music. GN

Gilby Clarke: very sad sunday morning… rip lou reed

Cast: RIP Lou Reed. Will never forget this day, chatted about harmonies & do whoop Major influence for me. Pete Wilkinson

Mike Watt: “one chord is fine, two chords are pushing it. three chords and you’re into jazz.” – adios to you brother lou – “whip it on me, jim!”

Boy George: Eddie Holman playing in the lift, Lou Reed gone. Today has a 70s aura!

Billy Corgan: Saddened by news of the passing of Lou Reed. Always so kind and sweet to me in the times we met. A true artist and visionary…

Beck: ‘Sunday Morning’

Stephen Street: Only just heard about the sad death of #LouReed a great artist, a huge influence. He will be missed

Belle & Sebastian: Sweet Jane

Goldfrapp: Sweet dreams Lou x

Lykke Li: Rip

Juliette Lewis: a brilliant poet,spirit,renegade,rocknroll animal. He inspired and soothed so much.

Liv Tyler: Thank you Lou!!! Goodbye for now

Garbage: Lou Reed wrote this song (Candy Says). We recorded it many years ago now but he died today. This is a mark of our respect. RIP

Slash: Haven’t really accepted the reality of the loss of Lou Reed. Still trying to process it. Denial I guess

Disappears: Almost nothing I’m doing now would be happening without Lou Reed‘s influence

Alva Noto: sad day lou reed died… take a walk on the wild side

Metric: I am beyond sadness at the loss of my friend Lou Reed. Sending my love to Laurie. Can’t say anything more just yet. In denial.

Subsonica: addio a Lou Reed, il cantore di una New York, che senza di lui sarebbe stata meno New York. Un angelo passato…

Marco Mazzocchi: È morto Lou Reed. Un grandissimo. Un gigante. Un poeta. No, non è un Giorno Perfetto…

Vasco Brondi: se ne va Lou Reed ma ci lascia decine di canzoni allegre e immortali

Elisa: Lo stomaco stretto.Un nodo in gola.Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground..Reformed..avevo 13 anni.Il mio primo concerto..

Dan Deacon: hope laurie anderson is doing ok. sending much owed positive thoughts her way

Regina Spektor: Rest in peace Mr. Lou Reed. Thank you for the music, the words, and the thoughts…

The Mountain Goats: so while I don’t do a lot of RIP stuff here I want to say I am literally pouring libations out onto my driveway for Lou Reed

Sarah Silverman: Just a perfect day you made me forget myself I thought I was someone else, someone good #RIP LOU REED

Julian Casablancas: Lou Reed is the reason i do everything i do

Paul Epoworth: RIP Lou Reed. You left quite a legacy. Thanks for all the music and for the music of all those who you inspired.

Neon Indian: Lou Reed is the doorman many people meet when entering a lifelong obsession with music. My highschool friends & I were no exception. RIP.

Judd Apatow: I met Lou Reed and told him he gave me tinnitus at a concert in 1989 that never went away and it was worth it. Dirty Blvd. Love to Lou.

Yuck: Really saddened to hear about Lou Reed passing away. He was a great songwriter and a big influence on our music

Questlove: Awww damn….Lou Reed died?

Flea: I love Lou reed so much. Always

Sharon Jones: #RIP #LouReed . Lucky to have shared the stage with you. A moment, a song and a man that I will never forget…

Salman Rushdie: My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad.But hey, Lou, you’ll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day.


Rick Gervais: RIP Lou Reed. One of the greatest artists of our time.

Elijah Wood: May you forever walk on the wild side, Lou Reed. Terribly sad to hear of your passing.

Kevin Smith: Mr. LOU REED had himself a dream: Velvet the underground & change the music scene. Now he’s up & gone away. #RIP Lou Reed, an un-Perfect Day

Paul Stanley: A musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules

Nikki Sixx: RIP Lou Reed. Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life. You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today

LL Cool J: Rest in peace. Music lives forever.

Tom Morello: 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

John Cusack: Lou Reed RIP – always inspired by him – terrible news – only knew him through his art -a great – a singular poet

Feist: Dear Lou Reed, please rest in peace.

Adam Horowitz: 19 yrs ago I had a poli sci final on a Wednesday. Tues night I had tix to concert I should’ve given up. I didn’t. C- but I saw Lou Reed RIP

Russell Simmons: RIP Lou Reed. New York lost one of our greatest gifts today…

Julianne Moore: Oh no! RIP Lou Reed.

Justin Timberlake: RIPLouReed

Amanda Palmer: lou reed was one if my favorite songwriters, and neil’s hands down favorite. so sad. here’s satellite of love…

Josh Groban: A sad day in music. RIP Lou.

Courtney Love: @loureed my grumpy uncle joe this is so sad, “berlin” will always be the most beloved of the beloved

Peaches: LOU REED R.I.P. You were a huge part of my formative years! when I look up at the night sky, I hope i see you in…

Mia Farrow: Deepest Gratitude Lou Reed. Peace.

Miley Cyrus: noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED

John Zorn: RIP Lou Reed

Pete Townshend: “Yesterday I heard about the passing of Lou Reed. I’d been thinking about him after meeting Jean Michel Jarre last Saturday. He is a friend of Lou and Laurie Anderson. My heart goes out to Laurie whom I met briefly when Lou played with me at Rachel Fuller’s ATTIC JAM at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Lou seemed to have fun that night, and it was wonderful and easy for me to perform with this clear-sighted musician who I had expected to be so difficult.”

Peter Gabriel: Oh Lou, we’re going to miss you

Damon Albarn: There is a Lou Reed shaped hole in the New York Skyline – I will miss him very much. Damon Albarn

David Byrne: I just got an email from a Chilean actress who wrote what it meant to be able to hear Lou’s work during the period of dictatorship there. A breath of life, she called it. That gives you some idea of how widespread and deep his influence was. No surprise I was a big fan, and his music, with and without the Velvets, was a big influence on myself and Talking Heads. He came to see us at CBGB numerous times, and I remember three of us going to visit him at his Upper East Side (!) apartment after one of our very early gigs there. Lou was talking a mile a minute and going through tubs of Haagen-Dazs ice cream while he suggested some variations and adjustments we might make to some of our songs. He began to play our song “Tentative Decisions” (a very Lou song title, no?) but he played it way slower than we were doing it. He was showing us how the song might be as a ballad — which made it more melancholic and elegaic than our bouncy version. It suddenly was of a piece with “Candy Says,” “Some Kind of Love” or “Pale Blue Eyes.” Of course we were in awe — here was one of our heroes playing one of our little songs. But by then it was the wee hours of the morning, dawn was coming, and we were all pretty spaced out — and we three probably had day jobs to get to at that point.

Primal Scream: RIP Lou. Bx

Antony Hegarty: Lou was like a father to me. I have never felt so perceived and loved for who I actually am by a man than by Lou Reed. He fought tirelessly for me to have a place in the daylight culture. My career would never have taken off without Lou’s tremendous influence. Those close to Lou knew him as a lion-hearted and intensely caring friend. When discussing death a couple of weeks ago, he told me that I was focussed on the wrong thing. His goal especially recently has been to exercise his mental discipline to stay in the present and not be held hostage by fear of an illusory future. He faced death with dignity and courage, and even then remained a teacher and mentor to me. i miss him with all my heart. It is hard for me to reconcile that such a giant could really be gone.

Joseph Arthur – A Poem and a Song to Lou (thanks to AMERICAN SONGWRITER)

Thom Yorke: Lou Reed changed my life as a teenager with VU just like this..Taught me songs were art-brittle, broken & violent RiP

Byron Coley: Whatever you do, don’t talk to Lou

Alexander Hacke:
Lou Reed has died and he may rest in peace. He used to project the image of being the ultimate misanthrope, but I wonder if that really was the way he felt or if he was just really good at it. He had never actually been to Berlin when he released an album by that name in 1973, because he thought that if he had called it Brooklyn nobody would have cared. When I first discovered Metal Machine Music (1975), the thing that most intrigued me about it was his statement in the sleevenotes that no one, including himself, had ever listened to the recording in its entirety. That probably wasn’t true either. I did listen to that whole record through, many, many times and I remember wondering what the big deal was, like the disappointment of not being shocked by a highly anticipated horror movie. The fact that he somehow made us all listen to this hour of feedback over and over, literally crawling into the speakers, trying to catch a glimpse of the hidden Evil, the outspoken cruelty of such a venture and the redeeming quality of living through it, while Lou obviously didn’t care about us or this release, proves in retrospect what a tremendous impact the man had on me. I must say that I was never consciously a fan of his music, though of course there’s some really great songwriting and nostalgic memories that go with it; but significant to me was his stance and his total disregard of whether his art was appreciated or not – that was inspiring, and again I can only sincerely hope that in his personal life he found the Love and Peace among his fellow human beings he obviously so vehemently refused to share in his art.

Vic Godard: Along with many other teenagers of my generation I became aware of Lou Reed thanks to David Bowie. I came across various bootlegs of Bowie’s early 70’s concerts that included ‘White Light/White Heat’ and ‘Waiting For The Man’, then I heard the Velvet Underground’s own version of the latter on a French radio station and I was enthralled.

I first saw Lou Reed perform live at the Valley Charlton in May 1974. The crowd were mostly people my friends and I would have referred to as greasers and hippies who were there to see the likes of The Who etc. and they were not impressed – it became too dangerous to stay near the stage after a hail of bottles and other missiles rained over us soon after Lou arrived on stage – Proto-Punk. Calm was restored as we departed to the strains of Bad Company. Although I didn’t like the heavy guitar sound of his backing group I thought Lou Reed’s songs were so good that I went to see him again three weeks later at The Rainbow. At both gigs the same magical moment stood out for me when after a lengthy, overblown guitar intro both guitarists slid into the ‘Sweet Jane’ riff and Lou Reed bounded on to the stage.

Roll on two years to 1976 and me and a couple of friends decided to form a group but we had no idea what instruments to play and I happened to buy a bass guitar. The first song I learned was ‘Waiting For The Man’, mostly because there are only two notes in the main section, it also seriously influenced the first song I wrote for Subway Sect ‘Don’t Split It’. The early Subway Sect sound was inspired by the Velvet Underground and our first live performance at a party in 1976 included a ramshackle ‘White Light/White Heat.

I still get a thrill from singing Lou Reed’s songs to this day and he will continue to be the guiding light for many songwriters.