Posted in music | pictures on December 18, 2013

photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE

Lou Reed Memorial
Lou Reed Memorial

The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:

Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "

Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."

Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."

The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.

That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"

Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...

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Comments (30)

Antony Hegarty looks more like a lady than Patti Smith

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:17 AM

When was this announced? Didn't hear a thing about it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:23 AM

Up to 8th Ave, 125

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:30 AM

10:17 - save your snark for an appropriate forum you piece of $hit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:56 AM

bummed i missed this. did BV announce it at all?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:24 AM

@10:56 why is that offensive? Patti smith has been gross looking forever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:37 AM

11:24 It was a private event.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:43 AM

10:56 regularly cries for dead people he never knew

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 12:51 PM

Anderson and Zorn killed his creativity and career. After Ecstacy, Lou's creativity vanished and was gone.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 2:47 PM

You said it happened last night but the stub says monday 12/16 ?
And Antony was performing last night at the armory from 7 to 10...

Posted by ME | December 18, 2013 2:54 PM

No James Hetfield or Lars Ulrich? No Lulu?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 2:57 PM

What a beautiful Memorial for one of Rock's most influential singers /
performers of Our Generation..."Into The Light" Indeed. RIP Lou Reed.

Posted by Suzanne Miller | December 18, 2013 3:05 PM

You people who have nothing good to contribute are showing your
unadulterated Ignorance. Patti Smith is Rock.

Posted by Suzanne Miller | December 18, 2013 3:15 PM

11:24 the chick from Speedy Ortiz wasn't playing, so BV had no obligation to announce it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 4:48 PM

Fix'd that for ya, 3:15
"Patti Smith is Schlock"

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 5:33 PM

Seriously, were there ever any tickets on sale for this? How come this was not announced? Clearly there was a BV photo person there.....

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 6:29 PM

How come not a single photo of the audience? was there really anyone there? Did this really actually happen? Somethings fishy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 6:30 PM

THis might be the most mysterious creepiest post BV has ever put up. No mention of this event anywhere before hand, no photos on this post of anyone walking in to the venue or leaving the venue, no document of anyone actually in the audience watching the show. What the hell? Did you just make this up BV?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 6:33 PM

was this a taping for a tv special or something odd like that?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 6:35 PM

even the ticket looks weird. Not a normal ticketmaster ticket. looks like a b&w photocopy and there's no price on it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 6:36 PM

^i 4x faced a few. They were hella weird.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 7:21 PM

636 Where do you get ticketmaster from? It was a private concert. 630 Because no one cares what the audience looks like.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 8:01 PM

But Brooklyn vegan ALWAYS has shots of the audience and the crowd outside before and after the show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:40 PM

Kanye was going to jump on stage and interrupt if word got to him that this was going down, so they had to keep it on the DL

Posted by time rocker time | December 18, 2013 10:34 PM

David Bowie wasn't there? Him and Lou used to be thick as thieves.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:42 PM

3:20 likes to live his own life vicariously through his own internet posts as a non-footnote in someone else's life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 5:46 PM

wow. the comments here are pathetically crass and snarky. is the comment section equivilant of a funeral selfie?

Posted by mr bald | December 20, 2013 7:59 AM

Some of you are quite dumb. There was nothing mysterious going on here. This was a private show organized by family and friends and that is who the audience consisted of. There were never any tickets on sale and BV never announced the show cause they had no idea it was even taking place.

The photographer is not a BV photographer. A simple search, not to mention the photos not being very good, would tell you this. He was the house photographer hired by the family for the event. A publicist probably offered the pictures around to various places after the fact.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 9:57 AM

To whoever wrote this:

"Anderson and Zorn killed his creativity and career."

You have no idea what you're talking about. Reed, Zorn and Anderson are all amoung the greatest musicians of the past 50 years.

Who the fuck are you to judge his artistic decisions?

People like you sit in your lazy chairs and comment on the world. But you do nothing. Real artists go out there and create something and bring light into the world.

But the light can't get into a dark and fucking sad soul such as yours.

So keep judging, dipshit. And the artists will go on doing something worthwhile.

Oh, wait... I get it.... Let me guess...

You're a critic!!!!

Got it.

Posted by Zorn fan | January 12, 2014 7:38 PM

is there one single fuckign time where BV comments isn't a high school stand up try out?
GOD you guys SUCK SHIT! And I don't even care really but the guy who says Patti Smith has always been ugly I would pay 1000 to see you post your fucking mug on here but you know what?? It will never ever be on any website because you wont do anything that more than two humans give a shit about. Now FUCK OFF

Oh and PS Im no Patti Smith and barely a Lou Reed fan but the little shits on here are really unbearable

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 11:50 PM

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